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Attn: Wood workers...

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by chris4x4, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Has anyone made their own bed frame?? My Wife wants a new bed, and Im thinking of making it myself. The one she wants is here:

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/farmhouse-canopy-bed/?pkey=cwood-beds-headboards

    My concern is, our bed is a Cal. King, and Im wondering what/how many, kinds of supports Im going to want to have. Im thinking of using a hardwood of some kind (redwood possibly), and the corners are going to be 4x4's and the sides will be 2x10's. Do you think the 4x4's would be enough to hold the weight of the bed, me, my Wife, and 2 dogs? Any input is appriciated! :)
     
  2. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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    My only words of wisdom are I would rather build something and say that's never going to break vs wondering if it can support itself.

    Its always better to over build than underbuild...
    But being chris4x4 I'm sure you already knew that. Unless all you can do is make things go boom :D
     
  3. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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    chris4x4

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    I plan on over building it to a degree. BUT.....The Wife wants it to look good too.....So, I cant use 36 4x4 posts to support it. Idealy, she wants only the 4 corners to support it, but I dont think thats enough.
     
  4. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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    My dad made his bed and my bunkbed years ago.

    He used 4x4s for both and I believe 2x8s for the head to toe and side to side boards. Seems real solid for is queen size with box spring.

    He is currently making a 4 post bed, with a crown I guess you could call it, but im not sure what he is using or what size it is.

    I know he lathes designs into his posts much like a kitchen table would have and it is still very sturdy.

    If you are still interested next saturday I will be at his house, shoot me a PM and I can snap some pics with dimensions and all.
     
  5. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Well...Im more concerned with how many supporting peices I would need. A Queen bed is significantly smaller than ours, but pics couldnt hurt. Post them up in this thread if you like.
     
  6. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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    Do you plan on making one that you can unassemble and move easily, or do you want one thats never leaving your bedroom?
     
  7. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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    chris4x4

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    I belive He only works with Canadian wood. American Red wood is TOTALLY different....
     
  8. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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    Well......being as we want to move in the next couple years, it would be nice to have one that can be disassembled....rather than removing a wall from the house.
     
  9. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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    4x4's at the posts and 2x6's with support blocks will hold a lot of weight. Using strong bedrail hangers at the corners will allow for easier moving. Some people like using a plywood bottom, or some like using 2x4's on the support blocks.
     
  10. Jul 9, 2011 at 3:47 PM
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    4x4s at each corner, 2x10s as the frame and cross supports. Then Another 2x10 running down the middle of the lenght of the bed with a 4x4 in the middle as a support sounds like a decent design to me
     
  11. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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    Ive been thinking about those. Just saw them online.

    I like this idea!
     
  12. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:04 PM
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    Look into some knock down bed hardware

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?cat=3,40842&p=41269
     
  13. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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    I don't see how you could go wrong with that. It would actually look presentable too.
     
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    Lee Valley tools is awesome , they have everything you might ever need for woodworking
     
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    The Home Depot's in my market just started carrying hardwood bed slats... :notsure:
    Dunno if the haz in Az...:eek:
     
  17. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:24 PM
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    I made the boys bunk beds when they were little....

    4x4's for corner posts, 2x10's for sides with 2x4's attached to support 3/4 plywood for bottom. Ends were 1x6 to attach the 4x4's together (4x4's notched out for the 1x6's). You could use the same, just put extra support in the middle. Ends were glued and the sides attached with 1/2" bolts.
     
  18. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:30 PM
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    heres what you need to do make a box of 2x10's and do the 4x4's as the post and fill the box you made of 2x10's with cement and then put the mattress on top of the cement after it cures

    it will most defently hold you, the bed, your wife, the dogs, and the taco if you want :)
     
  19. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:30 PM
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    my dad has a king size bed that is specialty made and it has the middle slat with a 4x4 in the middle to support the weight, hes also a heavy man
     
  20. Jul 9, 2011 at 4:33 PM
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    Chris, are you a heavy man?
     
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