Installing Bedrail Brackets

Make room for the clips. The strike plate is recessed into the post. In addition, deeper mortises are required to accommodate the two clips.

Recess for bed bolt

Dowels prevent the side rail from twisting.

Head or foot rail is glued to the post with a nut embedded in the tenon.

Side rail

Hardware For Attaching Siderails

There are many types of two-part fasteners for attaching the side rails to the posts. Look for the most solidly made hardware. Because screws driven into end grain don't have a lot of holding power, you should glue dowels into the rails to provide some long grain for the screws to pass through. Use the largest screws possible when attaching all parts of the hardware. If the fasteners loosen up, it is hard to fix the problem. For all these reasons, my preference is to use fasteners only on occasionally used beds.

Bed Rail Brackets


Chairmaking Basics

The right approach combines efficiency, comfort, strength, and beauty


I designed this chair in 1993 for a competition sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. My intention was to design a chair that would be sturdy comfortable, and clearly derivative of Arts and Crafts styling but still compatible with contemporary interiors. Understanding how this chair goes together will provide you with the building blocks for making other styles of dining or library chairs. This chair is made of white oak, though I've made the same design in cherry and walnut.

Because I wanted the chair to function as both a dining chair for long, leisurely meals and as a reading chair for a desk or library table, an upholstered seat was a must. The degree of back slope, depth of seat area, arch or curvature of the back rest, and other critical dimensions also contribute to the

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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  • Bob
    How to recess bed rail brackets?
    8 years ago

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