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02-04-2018 02:11 AM

Anyone built one? Horror stories?

A friend wants me to build her one.


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#1 posted 02-04-2018 02:26 AM

Good question – interested to hear the answers you receive. I have a box with all the mechanism, etc that I haven’t yet unpacked (bought when on sale from Rockler in December). Started to watch the video that came with it but haven’t dove into the instructions to see what supplies are needed. Wood magazine had an article in the Sept 2017 issue on building one that appears helpful.

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#2 posted 02-04-2018 02:55 AM

BB1, not sure if you’ve seen it yet or not, but if the hardware set you bought from rockler was the i-semble brand, there is a voluntary recall going on on those sets…http://www.rockler.com/recalls ....

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 03:00 AM

I’ve done a couple, no horror stories though.
I bought the heavy duty spring kits that included the frame for the mattress/door platform.
They’re expensive but I thought they were worth it. (Plus it has a warranty)
I don’t have time to try and make something work.
There are cheaper ways to go though. I just don’t like the gas shocks.

The Spring mechanism worked great and adding or subtracting springs lets you balance the door perfectly.
I actually bought my last hardware set from Lumberjock Chris Davis (WWBeds) I used the alpha kit.

Got any questions about it let me know.

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#4 posted 02-04-2018 03:15 AM

Thanks – I have the create-a-bed version which I don’t think is part of the recall. I appreciate your note.


BB1, not sure if you ve seen it yet or not, but if the hardware set you bought from rockler was the i-semble brand, there is a voluntary recall going on on those sets…http://www.rockler.com/recalls ....

- Gantarris


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#5 posted 02-04-2018 03:33 AM

So, I researched this awhile back, and discovered that you can get the hardware you need on the cheap if you buy it at the right place.

You can use boat seat swivels from Walmart for the bed swivel. The atwood brand is plenty beefy at only 8 bucks apiece.

https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=boat%20seat%20swivel&typeahead=boat%20seat

Hydraulic ( pneumatic? ) auto hood supports can handle the controlled raising and lowering of the bed, and they are cheap too, but very capable if you make the right choice.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#6 posted 02-04-2018 05:17 AM

Researched and decided on a spring over pneumatic or hydraulic. Complaints of pneumatic and hydraulic leaking.

Box corners must be 90 degrees when installed. Check walls to floor angles. Box must be deep enough to accommodate mattress, linens, and pillow(s) when closed. If not legs which on ours lock the bed in the closed position will not lock.

Here is the one we built. It is horizontal twin size.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/6222

-- Wuddoc

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#7 posted 02-04-2018 12:33 PM

Buy the hardware kit and follow the directions and dimensions for installing hardware. NO problem

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/72717

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 02-04-2018 07:47 PM

My horror stories is using one in a crummy little apartment I ended up in after my ex and I split. On the other side it was easy to make the bed every morning; just fold the bed up and the blankets all fell into place. LOL not so funny at the time but that was 35 years ago.

-- Les B, Oregon

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