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Headboard and Footboard Joinery – JR’s Bed Part 3
With the stock all prepped, we can start on the joinery.  I'm starting with the joinery that will hold the head and footboard together.  The walnut will be joined to the maple posts with breadboard end style mortise and tenons which will allow for the walnut to move relative to the posts.
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Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Mar 21, 2017
I made a good amount of progress on the bed by completing the joinery on the headboard but I still have some design decisions to make.  I also spent some time at the lathe turning a few bowls for the Habitat for Humanity's Spring Gala.
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Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Mar 14, 2017
I finished slabbing the smaller ash log that I had up on the mill last week and also milled up my neighbor's birch tree.  At the computer, I finished editing the farmhouse table videos and in the shop, I experimented with a live edge treatment for the bed project.
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Slabbing the Smaller Maple Crotch (Big Logs #1)
Last spring, I saw a firewood posting on craigslist for some really large logs.  The trees were removed as part of a street widening project.  I was able to get 5 of them starting from the smallest.  The biggest logs I was unable to get due to their size.  The crotch section was just one part of a much larger tree.
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Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Feb 28, 2017
By popular vote, I slabbed the maple crotch which yielded 7 12/4 slabs and 3 8/4 slabs.  With that log out of the way, I loaded the smaller of the two ash logs onto the mill.  In the shop, I glued up all of the bed posts and did all of the epoxy stabilizing on the walnut parts.
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Fixing the Guides & Side by Side Milling
When I added the guides to the mill, they ended up in not quite the right position so up until now, the blade was guiding itself through the cut.  The placement of the guides also prevented me from tracking the blade back far enough onto the wheels.  I modify the mounting posts (1:15), track the blade (8:28), set the guides (12:13), and test the set up by milling a pair of logs (spruce and elm)(16:24).