How to fasten down decking on Pirate bed

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06-22-2010 09:13 PM

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I’ve been working on a pirate bed for my son and I’m having some success. However I’m placing the deck on for the front and I’m worried about handling wood movement. Below is a pic of the bare deck and the 3/4” Poplar planks. How should i mount these? I don’t have access from the underside. So a plan I came up with was to place an over sized hole in the plank then using a screw with out a countersink. Any ideas would be appreciated.

BTW I’ve rounded over the corners on the planks to give a the texture between them.



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#1 posted 06-22-2010 09:42 PM

Have you considered attaching a backer board to the plywood where the decking is to be fastened and using fluted or spiral grooved dowels to attach the decking. I did something similar on a rocking horse and their still holding strong.

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 09:54 PM

I ‘m not sure from the photo but what about construction adhesive.

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 11:42 PM

My dad had refinished several wooden boats including a 1954 Mahogany CrisCraft Inboard. What I remember is some of the baots left the screws showing, either brass or chrome. The CrisCraft had the screws with the heads in holes and plugs over them. I think I would feel better using screws than adhesives, then the question becomes “Do you want to do the extra work of the plugs. I’m sure it will look great.


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#4 posted 06-23-2010 07:23 AM

Thank you all for your advice. I’m leaning towards the screws with plugs. Perhaps combined with the separation sealed with caulk. I welcome any other suggestions though.

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 02:55 PM

DaveR, Thank you for the additional information.

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