|Forum topic by pallystu||posted 01-24-2015 04:04 AM||1456 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
01-24-2015 04:04 AM
Well I will be moving out of my familys house soon and I need furniture lol…im 19 and I don’t make a lot of money so I cant really buy any thing other than some cheap Wal-Mart crap so im out to make my own. I am not shooting for any thing fancy but I do want a step up from the plain ugly metal bed frames that honestly do nothing more than hold your bed up 3” off the floor.
I am thinking of making a platform bed that will hold my mattress about a foot off the ground. Im going with the idea of a platform bed since it will be easy to make and will be able to be made in the same price range of a new metal frame. honestly this is mostly to give me some real wood furniture as I find the cheap wire and bar frames to be really weak.
I was going to do the legs and outer rails in cedar as it is easy to get and cheap around here but looks a lot better than pine…its a little more expensive but I think it will be worth it. The parts that I wont see but will hold most of the weight is going to be pine 2×4’s. Im thinking of having the cross runners slip into groves of another pine board that will be glued and screwed onto the inside walls of the horizontal cedar runners…I think this will help distribute the pressure evenly and make it nice and strong. Im going to use 4×4’s for the legs as I seen it done a lot. pretty much the whole thing is going to be done with butt joints, glue, and screws.
My real question here is do you think this design will hold up? im using a lot of thick wood and simple construction methods so I think it should be pretty strong but I have never made any thing this large out of cedar and Im not sure on how it will hold up.
As I said im shooting for fairly cheap and easy to make so what do you think? I should be able to make this for about $75 after tax. im hoping for more of a simple slightly rustic look.
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