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Forum topic by srzsrz posted 05-26-2014 04:45 AM 1019 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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srzsrz

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05-26-2014 04:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bed 2x4 redwood pine rustic minimalist platform bed nailer question

This is not exactly “fine furniture” and may be a bit low-brow compared to other stuff on this forum, but I am planning to build a simple platform-type bed and would like people’s opinion on the construction.

The bed needs to have a rather ginormous freestanding headboard that can act as a room divider. I also want to do some sort of integrated night stands, but I haven’t quite figured that out yet. It’s easy to find examples of nice looking night stands, but I find they never have enough storage/surface area. I need room for a CPAP machine, a lamp/alarm combo, my glasses, my wallet, my cell phone, a full sized box of tissues, a book, a bottle of water for refilling the CPAP machine… Yeah, I’ll think about that later.

So here’s what I have. The esthetic is simple but I like it that way.

Here’s the 2×4 frame:

Add some 1×3 slats:

Add some 1×6 reclaimed redwood fence boards:

So… questions.

The idea is that I screw together the frame with 3” screws (does that sound right?) and then nail on the slats and finish boards with a pneumatic nailer (what gauge is appropriate? do people like the HF ones?). Do you guys think it’ll be sturdy? Might it squeak? Can I do something to prevent squeaking?

I’d very much appreciate some feedback before I go off and build this monster.

Happy memorial day!


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#1 posted 05-26-2014 04:56 AM

From a purely framing perspective, if those are 4×2x4’s running length wise on the bottom platform of the bed I would like to see some cross members and more structural support. Two people laying on that will bend and warp those. 4 2×4’s pretty fast.

Think of building a deck and footings. More footings please.

I rather like the design however.

Paul

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#2 posted 02-24-2016 02:33 PM

I did a Murphy Bed that looked like this. Still have it in my living room. Did a Fold down table on it’s back and night type stands on it’s sides when my wife was home with our 1st born (35 years ago). Could send you the pic’s if you want.

I need information about the 440v Maggi Motor on the Steff Power Feed. I too bought a 440v unit. Can’t use it until I :
1. buy a 220v Maggi motor to replace the 440v one I have or
2. buy a transformer to go from the rotary generated (110v /220v 1 phase to 220v 3 phase) to the 440v required by the Maggi motor.

What did you find out about doing that ?

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#3 posted 02-24-2016 05:45 PM



From a purely framing perspective, if those are 4×2x4 s running length wise on the bottom platform of the bed I would like to see some cross members and more structural support. Two people laying on that will bend and warp those. 4 2×4 s pretty fast.

- Paul

I agree. You need another support midway to prevent bowing of those members. Other than that, the design looks pretty sound to me.

I’d bet my last dollar it’s going to squeak though. That just happens with screws. Over time the screws will have less holding power and the wood will be able to move a bit. When it starts shifting, it’ll start squeaking. At that point, You may be able to tighten the screws and eliminate it, or you may not.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 02-24-2016 06:40 PM

Glue will prevent squeaks. You could spread a bit of talc powder between joints before screwing them down tight.

M

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#5 posted 02-24-2016 06:42 PM

Old post bumped by a spammer.

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#6 posted 02-24-2016 08:23 PM



Old post bumped by a spammer.

- Rick M.

Yep, didn’t even notice the OP date!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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