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01-06-2013 10:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: post posts bed post hardwood post hardwood legs

Hey everyone, first off, great site! I stumbled across it a week ago and have been in it every day since then.

I am about to begin building a king sized bed and looking at some of your completed projects on here and browsing furniture store websites, I have a pretty good idea of what I want to build. The issue I am having is that I really want good sized posts for the bed and don’t know where I can purchase hardwood thick enough or how to join pieces together without having a noticable seam. In a perfect world, I would like to have 6X6 posts but can probably be okay with 4X4.

I have made pine poster beds before using reclaimed beams from old houses that I cut down to size but I want to build this one out of hardwood. Should I look to buy wood that thick, or is it not necessary for the posts to be solid?

Thanks in advance for all your help and I will post some pictures of my previous work tomorrow.

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 11:38 AM

Wow! 6” X 6” is pretty thick. I suppose you can find hardwood milled that thick. Not sure how stable it would be though. I would opt to laminate. 6” X 5 3/4” Then laminate a 1/8” X 6” piece to each side that will hide the edge glue joints. Giving the appearance of a solid 6” X 6”

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 07:59 PM

Not sure what the posts will look like, but you can take a page out of Stickley’s book. Laminate to boards and then glue a 1/4” veneer on the “seam” sides of the wood. To hide the joints on the corners, use a round over or champher bit on your router.

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 11:20 PM

You could try a hexagon glue-up. At least the seams would be equally spaced around the post and wouldn’t look out of place.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 11:24 PM

For that I would laminate. If your worried about the seams, maybe use a couple different types of wood so that it becomes part of the look.

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 11:30 PM

Thanks guys, I built a couple of test ones from some pine and decided that the 6X6 would be a little too big. I did cut a few strips of a 1 X 8 at 22.5 degrees and made a octagonal post and liked the way it turned out. I was concerned about seams but with a four sided post but the eight sides came out very well.

Thanks for all the quick replies and I will post some pictures when I get started on this bed.

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 11:53 PM

Guys, You always come through with terrific solutions; and not all the same. As there’s more ways to skin a cat.

I particularly like the octagonal idea for large posts. And, multiple woods will be very attractive with many decores as the years change and room is updated the bed will stay in style.

My thanks also, grand ideas.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#7 posted 01-06-2013 11:57 PM

You could also built them like a box, miter the corners. Round them a bit and the seem would be pretty much unnoticeable.

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#8 posted 01-07-2013 01:02 AM

If you have a router table you could buy a lock miter bit to use with it. With this you can use 3/4 inch lumber of any width and make hollow posts that will look like solod posts. The lock miters make the joints super strong and easy to assamble. I always use lock miters to attach the side panels together on cabinets. You can use a round over bit on the assambled corners and they still look like solid wood.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#9 posted 01-07-2013 01:23 AM

Welcome to LJs!

I love lock miters, but they are a PITA to set up. There are some techniques that help and the key seems to be getting the CL of the cutter exactly on the CL of the wood.

The hollow posts create a bit of a problem in the joint areas where the side boards join the head and foot. You can of course fill the post in the joint areas so there is more beef. Those joints take a real beating… just sayin’.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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#10 posted 01-07-2013 01:54 AM

I’m with Dan—solid posts are better.

There is actually much less work in a solid glueup than in mitered hollow posts, not to mention octagons.

A year ago I did two bunkbeds and glued up all the posts. In my mind, it’s a perfectly acceptable construction feature. Done well, it suggests bespoke woodworking as much as the above hollow alternatives.

(Factory glueups are so random and ratty, it’s easy to spot the difference.)

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Oh, and a design suggestion: If you make everything even inches, your project will look like something from Popular Mechanics. Instead, go for interesting dimensions. 5 3/8. Or 4 3/4. Never anything like 3/4, one and a half, or three and a half or multiples thereof. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the visual benefits of this little trick.

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#11 posted 01-07-2013 09:39 AM

Lee thanks for your comment on design and visual appearance.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#12 posted 01-07-2013 11:31 AM

Popular Mechanics.
That’s funny…..........

-- mike...............

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