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Forum topic by woodyourather posted 05-09-2017 03:39 PM 382 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodyourather

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05-09-2017 03:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: furniture assemble desk bed question joining

Hey guys new here, and pretty new to woodworking as well. So I would like to build some large furniture, a bed, a computer desk etc. that will be too large to bring into the room once fully assembled, but would like to have it fully finished (stained, painted etc) prior to bringing it in. I already have a computer desk that I built which I really like, it was my first big project and I used cheap lumber, but was a good learning process without breaking the bank, but anyways, I had to bring into the room in pieces and then complete in the room, and stain it as well.

This made quite a mess, but wasn’t too big of a deal, however I’m now buying a new house and basically have to trash it to take it out. Like I said, I used cheap materials so I don’t mind cutting it up and building a new and improved one ;) So for my new house I would like to build these large pieces with the ability to assemble/disassemble because I plan to use better materials and want to be able to hang on to it if I end up building it well lol.

Just wondering if anyone has any tips for this approach, I was thinking along the lines of carriage bolts holding all the frames together, like store bought furniture. I had a hard time searching the web for custom furniture built this way, but I figured someone has to have done something like this before, right? I’m sure I can figure out a way to make it work, but I don’t want to go through with something and then hop on here and find out there was a much easier way to approach it, is this a feasible option…or am I missing something

Any feedback is welcome, and like I said I’m pretty new to woodworking, so sorry for any ignorance about processes, tools, materials, I pretty much learned everything from the internet lol, I’m also pretty limited on the tool spectrum, but have slowly been building it up with every trip to the store.

Here’s a couple pics of the desk I built, as you can see not the best of quality, but this was built with only a circular saw and a drill, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.

SORRY FOR THE RAMBLING


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Rich

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#1 posted 05-09-2017 05:13 PM

Do a search for “knock down hardware” and you’ll get a good start. There are countless products out there — too many to list here. There are also woodworking techniques you can use like keyed mortises.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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jmartel

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#2 posted 05-09-2017 05:26 PM

T-nuts are a cheaper way to do it. You can find packs of 3/4” diameter plugs on ebay fairly cheap to plug the holes so you can’t see it. That’s what I did when building an entertainment center and a murphy bed. 1/4-20 was the size I used. Washers fit perfectly into the 3/4” holes. Just make a jig and drill the 3/4” countersinks first on both sides before you drill out the 1/4” bolt hole.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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TungOil

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#3 posted 05-09-2017 06:19 PM

As Rich pointed out there are countless different styles of knock down hardware. I think Rockler lists at least a half dozen ways to attach bed rails to headboards/footboards alone.

In addition, be sure you design your assemblies to fit through a standard doorway, which is often 30” nominal (actually smaller).

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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jmartel

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#4 posted 05-09-2017 06:30 PM



In addition, be sure you design your assemblies to fit through a standard doorway, which is often 30” nominal (actually smaller).

- TungOil

And go around corners. Been burned by that one before.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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woodyourather

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#5 posted 05-09-2017 08:29 PM

thanks guys, thats what i was looking for, knock down, i kept using assmble and disassemble and it was mostly ikea links popping up

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