Workshop Tip: The breadboard headboard


I made a decision to construct a Shaker-style mattress with a conventional headboard. This presents a cross-grain joinery problem the place the panel attaches to the posts, and opinions differ on find out how to resolve it. It occurred to me that I might connect the posts the identical method breadboard ends are hooked up: utilizing a number of mortise-and-tenon joints, with pegs passing by means of elongated holes, drawing the elements tightly collectively however permitting the panel to develop and contract with modifications in humidity. On this case, the middle tenon is glued and pegged by means of normal holes to lock it in place. The higher and decrease peg holes are elongated, as are the mortises for these tenons, and the tenons are usually not glued, letting them shift barely contained in the legs. The peg holes could be offset to assist draw the elements collectively, or not. My breadboard headboard is as stable now as once I constructed it.

—PHIL GAUDIO, West Simsbury, Conn.

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Advantageous Woodworking situation #299

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