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Forum topic by pete69 posted 11-25-2013 04:53 PM 1323 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2013 04:53 PM

Hey everyone, hope all is well. so I am attempting to build my son a head and footboard for a new bed. I am going to uses wood slabs that will attach to either 4×4 or 6×6 wood post. Now my question is what would be the best way to attach these slabs to the post? Thank you guys for your help. Best regards


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#1 posted 11-25-2013 04:56 PM

Id go with lag bolts.

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 05:42 PM

Mortise and tenon

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 05:58 PM

Using 4×4 or 4×6 should give you plenty of room (depending on the thickness of the board) to create a mortise right in the middle of the 4X4 or 6’s. Round the end of the mortises or shape them into something cool like Batman!

Good luck.

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 07:27 PM

thank you guys, now with the mortise and tenon how do i cut that on a 20” slab of wood?

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 10:41 PM

That depends on what tools and skills you have. Me, I’d probably use a dado stack on the tablesaw to cut the cheeks and a hand saw to cut the rest. But I’ve got the tools and experience.

If you don’t want to manhandle the slab, you could cut mortises in both pieces and tightly fit a loose tenon.

In either case, you probably want to design multiple tenons going in to the posts, at least for the headboard.

Dimensions of the “slab”(s) and pictures would help people here provide more specific suggestions.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 11:09 PM

I don’t have much advice to offer, but if you’re looking for some inspiration check out projects by jcsterling here on LJs. He has some beautiful work with slabs for head boards.

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 11:29 PM

You didn’t mention if you would like the parts to be something that can be assembled/disassembled for ease when/if moving the completed bed. Lag screws with counter bores for the heads would allow them to remain unseen, yet easy to remove. Good luck.

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#8 posted 11-26-2013 01:46 PM

Here are some pic of the slabs I think I will use.

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