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Forum topic by LawrenceKent78 posted 09-04-2013 02:29 PM 1184 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2013 02:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bed rail cleat pine cherry

I am making a queen size bed of black walnut with cherry accents. The question I have is about the material in can use for the cleat inside the side rail. The side rail is 80.75” long and 5.75” wide and made of 5/4 black walnut. I need the fasten a cleat on the inside for the support structure. My initial thought was to take a straight construction grade 2×4 of pine or fir and joint and plane it to width and thickness and glue and acre to the inside of the walnut side rail. The cleat will be 80.75” long, 2” wide and 1.25” thick. Will this be a good choice to use since it will never really be seen? The cross supports will the 2-1/2 wide poplar. My wife and I are only about 250 lbs. soaking wet so most of the time not a ton of weight will on the bed.

I have some 5/4 cherry I could use but I would hate to use it for this since it won’t be seen and I can use it for some legs of the night stands to come.

Advice is appreciated. Thank you.

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 04:23 PM

That will work fine. I have done this on several beds with no problems, and we have “stress tested” with over 500 pounds (whole family) without incident.

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 04:28 PM

You’re building a bed out of walnut and cherry and you’re going to mill a 2×4 for a cleat?
I’d use poplar.

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 11:45 PM

It will work just fine, but will you look at it and wonder to yourself how you should have “stepped up” to a hardwood for ego purposes? Most people would, kind of a bummer to say “it’s perfect except for that one thing…”. It’s entirely up to your care, do what makes you feel good. The 2×4 should be one of the kiln dried ones if you do use one, tho.

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