Two piece side rails for bed

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Forum topic by sh2005 posted 06-27-2010 05:31 PM 1037 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2010 05:31 PM

Are the side rails of beds always a single piece lengthwise? Has anyone designed a bed where the side rails can be knocked down into two shorter pieces for easy handling/storage/transportation? What type of knock-down hardware can be used? What does it do the strength of the rail? I realize that the joint in the middle can be an eye sore, but there are probably ways to cover it up.

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#1 posted 06-28-2010 04:02 AM

If you build a two piece rail then it would be a good idea to put a leg in the middle like the metal frames for kinkd and queen size beds.
Why not make the foot board free standing?
I made a bed awhile ago without side boards per my wife’s request. I built the footboard with a build on bench which made it free standing. We already had the metal frame, so I attached the headboard to the metal frame.
Construction photos here

Cherry frame headboard with flame birch panels

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 05:37 AM

That’s a very nice design. For the design I have in mind, I don’t have the option to make the footboard free standing as you have yours. But you did give me the idea of using the metal frame, I have to think if I can take advantage of that.

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#3 posted 07-07-2010 03:35 PM

If you half-lapped a foot plus of the side rails and pinned it, only the pins would show. West Marine sells clevis pins that can be countersunk into the show side, then you can cotter pin it on the inside with a washer.

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