Doing the rails

Lots of work here:

  • 24 scarfs had to be cut on the 18 strips of rail material.
  • The 18 pieces had to be glued together to make 6 full-length pieces
  • Each piece needed to be run through the table saw to give it a trapezoidal cross-section.
  • I had to build a temporary bending jig from scraps and the pallet the kit came on.
  • Each piece needed to be steamed (with the same setup I used for the sheerclamps) and clamped to the jig for a couple of days.
  • Each piece had to be test-fitted in place, and the screw holes drilled.
  • Each piece had to be glued in place one at a time, and held with temporary screws, clamps, etc.
  • Finally, the completed rails were planed and sanded smooth, and the ends were rounded.