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Forum topic by Ben posted 01-01-2013 05:40 PM 566 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben

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01-01-2013 05:40 PM

Hi,
A friend is giving me her old bed. It’s a pretty awesome thing with drawers underneath.
However, I can’t figure out how to separate the headboard so I can bring it out of the house.

Both head and foot have little allen keys buried in two holes in each corner. I can turn these only about 1/2 – 3/4” turn in either direction and they bind up. I can’t figure out how this thing is put together (and therefore how to remove it). I don’t see any bolts anywhere. And I can’t tell what’s glued in, butt joint, or what.

Would appreciate any insight here.

Sorry for the crappy pics.


this is the foot end. not even sure if this removes or not.

not pictured is the headboard, which actually stands up higher. I can’t get it down without removing the head end. I know it was moved in in pieces.

Thanks!


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 05:51 PM

Kind of hard to tell from your description and photo?

I don’t know if you have anything like this or not.

http://scottjordan.com/platform-beds/bed-bolt-construction/

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 05:53 PM

i k now, sorry. i’m not at the house with the bed anymore.
but no, it does not have those style bed bolts. there are no exposed bolts anywhere or bolt covers.

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 05:54 PM

thinking if i knew what kind of hardware it was i could search for that and then understand how it’s attached.

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 05:54 PM

Sounds like typical modular firniture assembly (ie Ikea). After turning the Allen key all the way one way try gently pulling the joint apart. If it doesn’t work, turn all the way the other way and try again. If it still doesn’t work look for signs of glue, in which case you’ve got a bigger problem.

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 06:52 PM

Based only on your description and what I can see in the pic, my best guess is a KD fastener like this:
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10517&site=ROCKLER
While this is not typically used in beds, and would not be my choice to do so, someone apparently thought it to be a good idea. So what Jeff says applies if this is the type. After studying some more, and trying to orient the first pic with the second, you may have to remove the cross battens first.

DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 06:55 PM

Thanks DanK.
I think it must be something pretty close to that.
So you think the sides would pull away from the headboard rather than headboard away from the sides?

I’ll go back and see w hat I can do with it.

Thanks again.

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 11:56 PM

figured it out.
the four holes i was trying to mess with really had nothing to do with it. i think they were some sort of tightening mechanism to pull the headboard tight to the rails. but there were 8 allen head bolts connected the bead to the headboard. once those came out, the sides tapped right out (dowels).

thanks!

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Dan Krager

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#8 posted 01-02-2013 12:00 AM

Good! Could you post a couple pictures so at least I can put this to rest, please?
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#9 posted 01-02-2013 12:08 AM

The bed is already re-assembled in the new home. I’d have to remove the headboard to show you the two things I was strugglign with.
But essentially the head and foot are connected with bolts, straight through the frame members and into threaded inserts in the head and foot. The head and foot both sit directly on the floor, so it just needs to stay upright.
Kind of cheesy construction.

Put it to rest…

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Dan Krager

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#10 posted 01-02-2013 12:10 AM

OK. Thanks. Happy resting!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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