Midnight Woodworking


Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 4

Busy day today, but I still found 6 or 7 hours to play in the shop.

With the frame done, I went ahead and cut the top and bottom rails, then set them aside. My main focus today is to get the slats made.

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I cut a bunch of boards to roughly 30″ long and 1-1/2″ wide, then flipped them on their sides and re-sawed them in half.

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I ran each through the planer just once, to find the direction of the grain. I marked the direction on both sides so I could join all the pieces running in the same direction.

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Next, I ripped and re-sawed the strips of purpleheart for the centers of the slats. I made a notched block to make re-sawing them a lot safer. You may notice that I am wearing gloves while I am working with the purpleheart. I normally won’t on the saw, but I got several nasty splinters the last time, and I didn’t feel like digging out any new ones today…

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Once everything was ripped to the correct size, I lined up the boards and applied wood glue, then clamped them up.

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I moved them out of the way and let them dry for about an hour, while I went upstairs for dinner.

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After an hour, they were dry enough to plane, so I pulled the clamps and got to work. One pass on each side and the slats were good to go. I still had the bullnose bit set up from the last batch, so I ran the slats through and rounded both sides.

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The last thing the slats needed was to be cut down. I needed to have the 8 degree angle applied to the top of each slat, so I clamped them up two at a time and marked then cut the five different pairs.

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I was mildly surprised that the whole thing went together perfectly, with just a few taps of my rubber mallet.

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The joinery was so good, that after it was assembled and the edges butted together, It was dead square. Usually my joinery is not that perfect, so I am happy.

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Next step is to get those top and bottom rails done, then sand it down. I have a few more details to attend to before glueing it up, but it is late, so that is tomorrow’s task.

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