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Forum topic by DoctorJ posted 08-13-2011 02:32 PM 1194 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2011 02:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: platform bed question timber framing

After noodling around looking at platform bed plans, I’m about to embark on an adventure to build a queen size bed using some roughly 4×4 birch timbers that I have stored in my basement. My plan is to square up the wood, slice each timber into thirds and then reglue the slices after cutting the pieces to length to fashion bridle joints at the corners. Also, the center slices will be offset by about 3/4” to make a shelf for the bed slats on the inside and a place to glue in a decorative contrasting wood strip on the outside (cherry, probably). I also plan to incorporate a center rail to reduce the span length of the slats to give them more strength.

I plan to use about 6” long pieces of the same 4×4 timbers to make legs that will be pinned into the bridle joints using a metal rod. The hole for the rod will be capped with a decorative pieces from the same contrasting wood.

This thing will be a monster from a weight standpoint. I am a bit concerned about the stabilty of the legs. Any advice would be most welcome.


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#1 posted 08-21-2011 11:59 PM

Why not just cut bridle joints in the end instead of ripping the whole length? Wouldn’t a rabbet accomplis the same thing as offsetting one third? If you used mortise and tenon joints you could probably do without the iron rod as well. I’m not saying you are wrong or anything I am just curious as to why? It sounds like it will be a great bed!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 02:52 AM

Mark,

I lost confidence in my ability to handle the bridle joints on the heavy timbers and worried about stability of the preliminary design.

My final solution was use 4×4’s for end posts and cut dados in them to capture the head, sides and foot (2×8’s) using bed bolts. The bolts from Horton Brasses were the most economical. I attached some 3/4” pieces to hold the slatting as well as long board running down the center of the bed with simple supports beneath it to support the weight. The slatting from Ikea comes in 2 30” wide pieces that work really well.

It turned out great and is now in place at my son’s apartment in Denver. He owes my pictures that I will post as soon as I get them. It’s good enough that now his brother (also in Denver) wants me to make one for him.

Thanks for your input. It’s fascinating how the very act of engaging with others on the Forum prompts the creative juices to flow, even when the specific starting point may be abandoned in the process.

Jim

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 04:44 AM

Its good to hear that the build was a success! Orders for a second one is the best kind of praise for a project.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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