One of the side rails on my bed gave up the ghost. It seems to be made of
4/4 baltic birch plywood. The metal rail hangers simply twisted the plys
I'm replacing the rail with a good hardwood - probably red oak. The
question is this: What is the best way to mill the slot at the ends of the
rail to accept the metal hanger? It is a blind slot and looks less than
I've done it with a plunge router and edge guide.. Bed rails are long,
though, so I clamped the stock vertically and had to stand on a step stool
to reach the long ends. Also clamp extra stock flush to the ends to give
the router extra support.
You are only going to make 4 slots. Get out your chisels (you know, the
cutters without electrical cords) and cut them by hand. It will be just as
fast, plus will be quieter and the sawdust won't be all over the shop.
Also, less chance of making a fatal mistake and ruining an expensive board.
"If I knew what I was doing, I wouldn't be here"
And, if you MUST use a tailed tool, use an electric drill to hog out the
bulk of the material, pre-chisel.
Please don't restart the thread on what type of chisel is most appropriate
to use here! ;-)
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