After some slow progress on the Tornado Bed, things have advanced extra quickly this week. It seems that all the time I devoted to making a precision jig for the hardware mortises paid off, because I basically used that same jig for the head board and foot board posts with just a minor adjustment. There were moments of anxiety while sinking my router bit into the side rails (previous post). Not this time; I powered up my router with more confidence and got after the mortises in the bed’s posts.
The process used above has the collar in the base of my router riding along the inside of the template. The router bit then cuts the needed mortise for the hardware. I get a uniform cut around the perimeter and a consistent depth of cut.
In the photo above, note the two openings in the hardware. I use chisels to mark the location of these openings to help with the next step.
I then clamp a straight edge to the foot board and use my router to cut slots in the mortise. These slots are needed to allow room for the hooks found on the male part of the hardware.
I did all this work during the week. It has become harder to find significant time to work on this project. I have to insert a little time in the evenings and some early mornings in order to make this progress. Then on Saturday, my wife and I went to this…
We are alumni of the University of Alabama and my daughter is an undergraduate there. Close to 100,000 of our ROLL TIDE friends cheer the Tide on to their first victory of the season. The weather co-operated, we had great seats, and afterwards, we met up with our daughter for some bar-b-que. Big fun.
I still see this project lasting until the end of September before I am finished with it, but at least the end is in sight.
On that day, 63 tornadoes struck our state which claimed the lives of 247 people and caused between $2.45 billion and $4.2 billion in property damage (click the image at the right).
The Tornado Bed will be given free of charge to a needy victim of the April 27th tornado event.