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AKSteve

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806 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question canopy bed four poster

I have a friend who wants to have the 4 beams put on top of her canopy bed, she said she doesn’t want to put any heavy material on it, mostly just sheers. the question I have is since these beams are pretty long, how can keep them from drooping over the years? are they simple one piece or should I spline together several pieces for strength? not sure how to go about this.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska


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#1 posted 804 days ago

Anybody? got any Ideas? anything?

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#2 posted 804 days ago

I don’t know the beam dimentions. It seems that, as an example, one could joint three beaords, glue them up and then dimention them. Keep the edges vertical.

-- Jerry

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#3 posted 775 days ago

I say this, having not ever tried it, but having had an antique canopy bed for years. My canopy bed utilized simple hinges in the middle of the long side pieces. They were the width of the wood and when “unfolded” the two end pieces sat flush taking the pressure off the hinge. I would also suggest using a hard wood as they don’t tend to warp nearly as much.

cutting the piece in half and adding the hinge should take the pressure off the middle of the long boards and make it less inclined to droop. It also made it much easier to move/store the pieces of the bed. Plus, with all the decorative hinges out there, it could be a nice addition. Hope that helps? : )

Also, the corners were half lapped with the hole in the middle for the four poster pins.

-- Neva in MA - A girl's gotta have tools.

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#4 posted 774 days ago

now that is an interesting idea GenevaJones! I am trying to visual this but can’t. you got any pics?

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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