A friend of mine asked me to repair an old quarter-sawn bed that has been in his family for years. The wood on the leg, where the runner connects, gave way and needed to be replaced.
After fitting a piece of oak and gluing it in place, I marked out the slot for that accompanies the metal hooks of the bed rail. I drilled most of the waste out with a 1/4" forstner bit, but the remaining wood was removed with a chisel. You have to love the "prison shank"-look of the Ashley Isles mortising chisels...
To reinforce the weak, end-grain glue joint between the bottom portion of the bed leg and the new piece, I drilled a 1/2" hole through the leg and glued in place about 6" of oak dowel.
You can see the two 1/4" pieces of steel bar that were inserted and engage the metal hook on the bed rail. Overall, I would give me a C+ on color matching, but the repair turned out pretty well. - Andy