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Old 07-23-07, 12:14 PM   #1
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Building a bed, how is this design?

A couple of years ago, I made a simple bed for myself with 2x6's and 4x4 legs using large bolts, but it did not last. It started tilting in one direction until the wood gave way to the bolts and finally broke down. Also, it was very tall. Now, I want to try it again, this time without legs.

I do not need it to be too high. The basic frame design I just made up in Gimp, will raise the bed 8 inches above floor, and a box spring will provide another 8 inches of elevation. I think that will be enough for me. If I made legs, I am afraid it would end up like my last bed, so I want to exclude that design flaw entirely.

Here is a picture. Please shoot me any comments and suggestions you may have. I would like opinions on how sturdy this design will be. Thanks everyone.

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Well, it depends on what you are going to use it for... >.<
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buy a bed frame, FTW. a set of bed rails will run you next to nothing. the cost of all that wood is gonna be much more.
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Old 07-23-07, 12:22 PM   #4
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jsharr: What is bed rails and what kind of frame are you talking about? Can you post some pictures, perhaps?

Banana: I am making the bed for monkeys to play in.
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jsharr: What is bed rails and what kind of frame are you talking about? Can you post some pictures, perhaps?

Banana: I am making the bed for monkeys to play in.
Then it'll do fine.
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jsharr: What is bed rails and what kind of frame are you talking about? Can you post some pictures, perhaps?

Banana: I am making the bed for monkeys to play in.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=96991

there is a link with pics and pricing. Most mattress stores throw in a set like this with a mattress and box spring purchase. or they did last month when I bought a mattress for my son.
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I'd **** in it.

Ooops, wrong thread.
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Stacey: If you're going to hijack my thread, at least be useful and post some constructive comments.
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Stacey did post about the most constructive thing you can do in a bed. I have constructed two complete miniature humans doing what she suggested.
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jsharr:

By the way, those walmart metal frames did not appeal to me. I think I should be able to finish this project a little under $50. Last time, I sanded and polished the frame, I think this time, I will just sand it.
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It started tilting in one direction until the wood gave way to the bolts and finally broke down.
^We're going to need more details on this event if we're to make any kind of accurate determination. So, what exactly were you doing when the bolts gave way?
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Lighten up Francis, it was a compliment.
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^We're going to need more details on this event if we're to make any kind of accurate determination. So, what exactly were you doing when the bolts gave way?
I will leave that to your imagination,
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I got bored, how 'bout this, take a little more time but with the right wood, it'll last forever!
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Stacey did post about the most constructive thing you can do in a bed. I have constructed two complete miniature humans doing what she suggested.
Awwwww and those two mini yous are the cutest ever!!
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I've got plans somewhere for a loft bed.
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I got bored, how 'bout this, take a little more time but with the right wood, it'll last forever!
Jerseybest: I love that design and considering it. The only problem is carving the wood to fit the legs in there. I am not sure what tools I need to carve the wood. Any ideas?

By the way, how did you create that graphic?
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I don't need no stinkin' bed.
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HA HA!! Slvoid got kicked outta bed and into the garage!! Neener neener neeeeeeeee-ner!! *pointing finger at you*
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Jerseybest: I love that design and considering it. The only problem is carving the wood to fit the legs in there. I am not sure what tools I need to carve the wood. Any ideas?

By the way, how did you create that graphic?
From my limited woodworking experience and lots of New Yankee Workshop viewing, I think the proper way would be to use a dado blade set for a table saw, but you could use a dado blade substitute .

The graphic was made in Google Sketchup.
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Why not just use a 4x4 in the corner?
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Think new yankee workshop stacey!

Harder is better!
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Stacey don't know nuthing about that!
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