Log Bed with Knockdown Joinery...How to hide the hardware?

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Forum topic by TravistheNewb posted 01-13-2016 09:55 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2016 09:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: log log bed loft loft bed cedar red cedar eastern red cedar aromatic cedar bed

I’m building a log bed for my son from eastern red cedar I cut at my parents’ farm. It’s a loft-style bed so he can have a “reading nook” underneath it, and because climbing a ladder into bed is just plain fun. It has a house shape to it both because my wife wanted it to, and so we can throw a blanket over top and “camp” from time to time.

The plan is for the bed to be able to break down into a few pieces- I’ll lash the house pieces, so they’ll come apart easily. The headboard and footboard will each be a solid piece, as will the safety rails on the long sides. The platform on which the mattress sits will be a solid piece as well. My difficulty is in determining how to attach the main platform rails to the corner posts in a way that easily knocks down but doesn’t leave a giant, visible hole in each post for a bed bolt. Here’s my diagram:

Bed 1 photo Rhett Bed_zps11aokr5d.jpg

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I’ve never taken on a project of this kind so if you see any other flaws or opportunities for improvement, I’d like to hear them. I don’t have almost any extra lumber, so I’d like to get this right the first time.

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#1 posted 01-13-2016 10:30 PM

Having trouble uploading the photos properly…will get another one that shows the area in question more clearly as soon as I can.

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#3 posted 01-14-2016 12:27 AM

You can rout a recess in the long rail and install the bed bolt “backwards” with a nut embedded in the tenon of the short rail. As explained in this article:

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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