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Forum topic by davidroberts posted 04-11-2010 06:08 AM 974 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2010 06:08 AM

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Hello my fine LJ compadres, I’m designing a queen size captain’s bed, the kind of bed with drawers underneath. I have a pretty good idea of all the part and pieces expect for the ledge that will stick out cantilevered from the top rail, just under the matress. I don’t need a ledge, but I like the look, maybe 4 or so inches wide with a rounded edge. I’m trying to figure out a way to attach it solidly to the top rail without it breaking off when I swing my legs over the side of the bed to stand up. Maybe glue and biscuit, maybe dowels. Maybe a joint of some kind. The ledge will be permanent and is not planned as a breakdown piece when I need to move the bed. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

One other thing, the ledge will mount on a 3/4” thick plywood rail and it can’t stick up to much above the rail or the edge of the matress will ride up. I’m probably making this harder than it really is.

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 08:28 PM

can’t go wrong with pocket screws with or without glue. Drill them where they won’t be seen if you can and/or you can cover the wholes with plugs from like material, sand and stain to blend in.

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