Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d get this done by today, but I seem to be getting faster at chopping mortices, if not actually at marking them up. And it fits. There’s a small amount of twist here and there, I think I can straighten it out for the final assembly and then pin the tenons to help keep them flat (and it’ll look cool as well, little white ash pin dots along the walnut frame). The two long front and back rails are tilted with respect to each other, that will have to be planed away on the bottom but I’ll keep it on top as it gives a kind of lip to help keep the mattress centered which is nice.
The good news is that the springback on releasing the clamps was minimal, a degree or two at the most.
And none of the cracks went all the way through the frame. But they’ve not gotten any prettier since the last time I looked at them. So I got out the spokeshave, and started taking away material to try to plane out the snapped bits. I wasn’t sure if this would work at all, but I figured I might as well try.
So in those spots it was possible to clean up past the snaps, and without killing the overall curve and keeping the overall bend at 90 degrees:
So this weekend I’ll go ahead and steam the other matching upright, and sharpen the new curved-sole spokeshave to clean up the inside curve, and we’ll check these again in a week and we might have the curved uprights for the frame, the bit I was most worried about, done. Well. Except for cutting the mortices into the inside of the curve for the slats. Eeek. How do you cut a mortice into an inside curve?
No, scrap that, how do you cheat at cutting mortices into inside curves? 😀