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Forum topic by jmartel posted 07-15-2015 03:30 PM 489 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2015 03:30 PM

I’m looking for some recommended books and other resources for timber framing. Basically the deal is that my wife wants a new king sized bed, and really likes a few that she’s seen like the example here:

I know that I can just do normal drawbored mortise & tenon joints with bed bolts, albeit on a larger scale, however I figured this might be a good project to learn some of the timber framing joints and operations.

I’ve got a basic design down already, but wanted to see if there were any changes to be made before I buy wood and start.

For reference, the posts are going to be 6×6’s, transverse rails are 4×6, longitudinal bed rails are 2×6, caps will be 2×8’s, and slats are 2×4’s.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 06:41 PM

From the sounds of all that “two by” stuff you are thinking of using construction grade lumber for this project.
That’s fine, but allow some time to let it dry out real good before starting.

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#2 posted 07-15-2015 07:12 PM

Going to be using Cedar or Fir beams and that’s the sizes they come in. Using anything other than that will cost a fortune. I know well enough about letting it dry as much as it can, thanks.

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#3 posted 07-15-2015 08:48 PM

jmartel, check out my site for some references.
I have some very old books on timber framing notches of all sort. Will be glad to mail them to you or I can scan some of the notches you maybe interested in.


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