I installed the receiving side of the rail fasteners on the posts a couple of days ago, so today I have to install the hook side on the side rails.
I started by marking the location of the fastener pockets, then I clamped additional supporting rails on either side. This is to stabilize the base of the router. I will be routing sideways, so the extra support will help a lot.
After routing out the pockets, I cleaned up the corners and edges with a chisel.
The hooks are pressed into the fastener plate with a nub of metal protruding through the back. I marked the locations of the nubs by holding the plate in place and smacking it gently with a hammer. This left a dent where I needed to create an additional recessed area. I simply drilled a series of 1/4″ deep holes in these areas and cleaned them up with a chisel.
With the plates screwed in place, I attached the rails to the bed.
Everything fit nicely, so I moved on to the support rails. I ripped some 6/4 pine down to 2″ wide on the table saw.
I determined how many slats I would be using to support the mattress and marked the location of the center of each of these on the rails. I set up a 3/4″ bit in my drill press and drilled a 1-1/4″ deep hole at each location.
To create the pegs, I found a piece of scrap and cut it down to 2″ wide, then cut a “V” in the center. This created a simple jig for cutting off 2″ long sections of dowel.
I sanded a small chamfer onto one end of each dowel. The chamfer will stick up to help make it easier for the bed slats to be dropped in place.
I applied glue to the sides of the holes with my finger and inserted each of the dowels and let them dry.
I applied glue to the side of the rail and clamped it flush to the bottom of the side rail.
After the glue had set for an hour or two, I pulled the clamps and flipped the rails over. I had a bit of glue squeeze-out, and the easiest way to remove it is to run a wide chisel along the joint before the glue completely dries. It just peels right off.
The final step for the day was to apply a coat of stain to the side rails.
Later this week, I will be working on the center support rail and the slats. After that, a couple of coats of urethane and it will be done.