corner joint

test fitting the corner joint for my son's first bed. douglas fir post with poplar rails.

  • tmshaffer 3y

    That is a work of art
  • David Popdan 3y

    thanks. the design is really slick, if only I could take credit for that...
  • tmshaffer 3y

    JUst recreating it shows me how much I have to learn
  • that jon jackson 3y


    Where did you get the design / inspiration from?
  • David Popdan 3y

    that jon jackson it started with a Google search for "Japanese bed" which brought to - their "Tatami Platform Bed" is the basic design. that was the first time I saw the joint. then after a little more looking around I found this: which gave me more than enough to get started.
  • that jon jackson 3y

    Nice. thanks.

    That's some amazing work, Japanese craftsmen do some amazing work.
  • fredboness 3y

    Needs to be made into a glass top table. Show off the workmanship and design.
  • xanderashwell 3y

    Amazing.. sounds like our projects are very much in tune... I started a similar project a few weeks ago, building a japanese inspired king-size bed. I came across a similar "inspiration" project on instructables (nowhere near as polished as the one on lumberjocks that you linked to) and decided to use English Oak and Elm for mine.

    Lo and behold, this image appears on my MAKE rss feed a few days later... great work!

    Here's an image of my progress to date:

    Oak/Elm joint by xanderashwell

    I have no power tools, so this is all chisels/japanese pullsaw/trysquare/sweat. I'd like to think that's why it doesn't look as clean and crisp as yours, and will keep telling myself that!
  • David Popdan 3y

    xanderashwell very cool! power tools certainly make it easier (at least for me). I made a few practice joints using only hand tools so I can safely say... your joint looks really good! one thing I leaned after the test cuts was to not make the joint too tight. everything slips together fairly easily and after it's all together it's solid. I'm still debating if I should try to 'pin' in all together, not because I don't think it's strong, but because my 2 year old will try to take it apart...
  • David Popdan 3y

    fredboness that's an idea... but alas it's destined to be handed over to a 2 year old who will do everything in his power to destroy it (or at least color all over it when no one is looking.)
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