|Forum topic by gbinco||posted 01-31-2015 09:49 PM||792 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
01-31-2015 09:49 PM
I’m going to be making a king bedroom set, I thought I’d start with the bed but I’m stuck on the design. I’ll be using Rockler’s mortised hardware. I was planning to use all solid walnut plus a walnut plywood panel in the head board.
After some searching on LJ it seems that everyone uses 5/4+ for the bed rails. Is that generally what’s deemed the minimum thickness for rails on a king? Is that for overall strength along the length supporting the mattress or mostly for the joints? Would 4/4 for the rail plus a piece laminated at each end to strengthen the joints be sufficient?
If I were to guess, I’d say 6/4 for the full length of the (8” tall) rails would be best…
I want to do this right so that it’s sturdy enough to outlast me, but also don’t want it to be heavier and more expensive than necessary.
When I was trying to source 10/4 for the posts I was told that lumber that thick is very difficult to find and keep straight. That’s the first time I’ve heard of such a problem, is that the case? I would prefer to have 1 piece posts over laminating which would have visible joints…
The horizontal components connecting the posts will primarily be ~2.25” square, 1 piece will be 4/4x~5”. I was planning to use mortise and tenon for all of the head board and foot board joints. This will be my first time doing M&T joints, so I will be doing a lot of practice before starting this project. Should I divide the tenons for the 5” piece into 2 tenons? Or is 1 ~4” tenon into a 2.25” post going to be stable/strong enough? Should the tenons on the 2.25” pieces also be divided?
Here’s the design in sketchup.