Jon Carroll Woodworks

Just Do It / Concede to Machines

I was stewing for a long time on how I was going to mount the morticed in bedlocks on the ends of the plywood rails. I was so hesitant and flipping ideas back and forth that in my head, I didn’t even really want to approach it. Then one evening, it was time. No more procrastinating, this was the next step in the bed build. It was time to wrap my hands around somthing sharp and just get on with it.

I don’t really like using the router all that much to do mortice work. It takes jigs, proper alignment and more times then not the jig has moved on me, I’ve zapped the template with a spinning bit making lumps, or, the bit itself slip in the chuck making the cut too deep. (All items fault of my own really…) So I gave it my best shot at making the Mortices by hand in the plywood.

Caution, the next photo is not for the faint of heart!


Yep. There it is, after a few different approaches, this was the best I could come up with, chewing apart the plywood end grain nastiness. It was time to fight the machine made wood with machine. I gave in and got my pattern making bit, router and made a jig.


I used a piece of 1/4″ MDF to make the main template the bearing would actually ride on. I traced the plate with a pencil then cut it out with the scroll saw. I used a file to fine tune the fit then glued it to some 3/4″ material to beef it up. I cut the majority of the waste out again using the scroll saw then used my router with the pattern making bit to finish it up. I attached a cleat that was used to clamp the jig to the work piece as well as a stop to center it on the work. 


It worked like a dream, eight bedlock mortises made by router with no goof ups. (The two shallow holes inside the mortise are relief spaces for the backside hooks.)

It was nice to get this part of the project out of the way. It really was one of those nerve racking parts of a project where I didn’t want to screw up and start again. Even though I know that I have the skill and patience to complete this task properly, I still had to give myself the mental push to stop over thinking and just to get on with it!

One comment on “Just Do It / Concede to Machines

  1. woodworksbyjohn
    December 6, 2015

    Seems like the further we get into projects the easier it is to make a slight mistake and screw the whole thing up completely!! Any wonder we get stressed out when it comes to glue up time?


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