Adjustable Shelves

All thats left now is to add the three adjustable shelves, see drawing at right. Except for their widths, they're all identical. And like the fixed shelf on top, each adjustable shelf has a back to prevent it from sagging. But the backs on the adjustable shelves extend higher than the back on the fixed shelf, see detail 'a' at right This way, the books won't fall out when the shelves are tilted. SHELVES. To make the upper (E), middle (F), and lower shelves (G), I started by gluing up three 3...

Side Rails

Once the head and footboard are complete, all thafs left is to connect them with a pair of side rails (J). These are just a couple of boards cut to size from lVW'-thick stock, see drawing at right Then the two outside edges are chamfered, see detail 'a'. The side rails are attached to the bed posts with bed rail fasteners. These fasteners are mortised into the ends of each rail and connect with the hardware that was installed earlier in the bed posts. (See Shop Notes on page 18 for details on...

Tuning A Spokeshave

Like most hand tools, a brand new spokeshave needs to be tuned up before it can be used. Start by disassembling the spokeshave. Then use a small file to smooth the throat opening so the blade sits flat all the way across. Flatten cap iron. Next, flatten the underside of the cap iron so that it also contacts the blade along its entire width. This helps to ensure that the blade will be held firmly in place to eliminate chatter or skidding across the workpiece. Adjust blade. After...

Bed Rail Fasteners

Center Rafters

To hold the side rails to the for this bed, I chose 4 fas- posts on the bed, I needed teners actual size , a strong knock-down joint. For sources, see page 35. So I used some special MORTISE PLATE. I started by hardware called bed rail fas- mounting the mortise plate, teners, see photo above. see Step 1. Locating this Bed rail fasteners consist plate is easy enough. I sim- of two steel plates that fit ply centered it on the width together somewhat like a of the post 7n i6 from the locking...

Biscuit

This allows you to position the jig correctly on your workpiece. To use the jig, line up the index mark with the desired center of your biscuit slot, clamp the jig to your work-piece, and rout the slot see photo above. Radius of router base plus T k slot-cutting L. bit 17 s-dia. If you've built an original jig and wish to see it featured on this page, send your idea to Woodsmith, Reader's Jig, 2200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312. If we publish it, well send you 100...