|Forum topic by DoctorJ||posted 08-20-2011 04:27 AM||2085 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-20-2011 04:27 AM
I need some advice on a timber framing project.
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. It seems like a timber framing approach using bridle joints in the corners might work nicely. Then it occurred to me that I could simultaneously dress it up a bit and also have an integral shelf for the slatting if I approached this a bit differently.
My idea is to square up the wood, rip each timber into thirds and then reglue the slices after cutting the pieces to length to fashion bridle joints at the corners. In the sides the center slices (the meat in the sandwich) would be offset laterally 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. I also plan to incorporate a center rail to suppport the slatting.
Finally, to get the bed up off the floor, I thought I’d use about 6” long pieces of the same 4×4 timbers stood upright to make legs that will be pinned into the bridle joints using metal rods or with bolts in threaded inserts. I hope to do the whole thing without using any glue (other than in the reglued timbers).
This thing will be a monster from a weight standpoint. I am a bit concerned about the stabilty of the legs (or the whole thing for that matter). Any advice or insights would be most welcome.
PS – I posted a similar post in the design area a week ago but got no replies – I hope it’s OK to repost this way.