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Forum topic by Maximillian posted 06-22-2009 03:00 AM 2261 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2009 03:00 AM

I want to start making a bed, which will be very simple with clean lines. it will be, basically a timber frame of 8” x 2”.
However, I want the corner joints to be clean – no bed bolts or other such fasteners visible.
Does anyone have any ideas on what sort of joint I should use – mitre (if so how do you reinforce the corner)butt, box, dovetail?
I am drawn to a box-joint but, because the pieces of timber will be so large (Queen size bed), they will have to be cut by hand as it will be impossible to use a table saw or router jig. However, I can’t find any advice on how to cit accurate box joints by hand. I have just completed some by hand for my workbench. While they are structurally sound they are not the most elegant.

-- Max, New Zealand

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#1 posted 06-22-2009 03:04 AM

Hey Max
They are usually mortise and tenon.

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#2 posted 06-22-2009 03:09 AM

Thanks Jim; can always rely on you to help out.
I presume you are talking about a glued joint. Do you think this will be strong enough without any mechanical fastening?

-- Max, New Zealand

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#3 posted 06-22-2009 03:46 AM

Oh the bed that I built I used lag screws to attach the legs to the head board and foot board and covered the holes with a decorative strip of wood, I used a set of the extra heavy duty bed fittings like what’s here to attach the rails to the head and foot board. When it was finished, there wasn’t any metal showing when the bed was put together. Here’s the bed I made to give you an idea of what it looked like

Hope it helps

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#4 posted 06-22-2009 04:23 AM

Wow, that’s fantastic – far more audacious than I am attempting. I want a very minimalist design comprising four sides without legs on the corners. Obviously there will be legs but I don’t want them to anchor the corners

-- Max, New Zealand

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#5 posted 06-22-2009 04:37 AM

Check out my blog on making a bed frame

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 06-22-2009 05:15 AM

You could always pin your mortise and tenons. Since you are using sizable pieces of lumber you could use two 1/2” pins per joint without them looking too big.

Good luck.

-- P.O.C.

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