Jig for Bed-Bolt Mortises
I would like to make Christian Becksvoort’s trestle table (FWW #193), which uses bed bolts to attach the stretcher. These bolts require very long holes in the ends of the stretcher and a small mortise for each nut. Is there a surefire way to locate the mortises in the stretcher even if I drill slightly off line?
Dan Morgan, Pearl River, NY
Yes. I use a simple jig for bed bolts. Insert a bolt into the stretcher, and the jig hugs the bolt to align itself with the hole you drilled. The jig’s dimensions are determined by the length of the bolt you use and the thickness of the post.
|Locating a nut mortise in a stretcher. A simple bed-bolt jig finds the proper spot for the nut that will secure a trestle-table stretcher. Click to enlarge.|
Make the jig from scrap. Two tabs on the underside,…