Mission bed posts update


My local lumber yard does not care white oak to match the wood I have put has a few 5x5 Ash posts at 6 dollars a board foot or so.
Will this stain identical to my white oak?
I was thinking of making or using 4x4 for the posts. Would this size look right?
Also, how does a matress and box spring fit in a typical bed? I had an old bed with an angle iron type frame that bolted to the headboard. But I see pictures alot of stained side rails on each side. Do these have any cross pieces that support the middle?
Thanks!
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the same color if you play with a bunch of different colors of stain or even mix your own, but the texture and pattern will never look the same, especially given the distinct grain pattern of oak. In my opinion it's worth looking around or driving farther to find real white oak, if that's the look you want to go for. Did you ask at the local lumberyard where you might be able to find white oak? If there's a woodworking club or guild in your area, I'm sure someone there could help you find a good hardwood source.

- the bed I'm building has 3 3/8 x 3 3/4" posts, about 37" high for the footboard and 46" high for the headboard. These things are so heavy and solid they'll never go anywhere... I wouldn't want to try to move a bed with 5x5" solid hardwood posts.

or "bed bolt" at rockler.com or leevalley.com. Of course welded angle iron bolted to the posts works as well - totally depends on why you're making the bed and what you want it to look like when you're done.
I'd suggest some good-quality, illustrated plans for a project this size - I'm using the plan listed below, and below that is a link to a website someone kindly made of the detailed process using a variation on the same plan. I'm modifying the plan a little, but there are a lot of things I wouldn't have thought of if I were completely designing it myself with no plans. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page 721 http://www.uniqueprojects.com/projects/other/missionbed/missionbed1.htm
Here are a few other plans I found with quick searches on various woodworking supply sites: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page ™13&SearchHandleÚDBDADHDADADDDGDCDBDGDHDIDJGGGECNDGGBDBGECNDEGCDIGFCNGCDADJGBCNDFDBDBGFDJGFDBDFGEGBGEDDDADADADBDADADADADJGCGFGECAHAGMGBGOHDDADADADEDADADADADADADADBDFDADADADBDADADADADADADADADADADADADBDADADADADJGCGFGECAHAGMGBGOHDDADADADBDB&filter¾d%20plans http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=3&pE326&cat=1,46158,46161&ap=1 http://www.hartvilletool.com/product/11504 (Amazon.com product link shortened)39504497/sr=8-8/ref=sr_1_8/103-1134888-0245461?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n"8013
Good luck, Andy
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Wood Magazine had plans for a bed a few months back that I built. It used glued up oak boards to create the 4x4 (approx) bed posts. Works great. They show how to do it so no edges of the boards show if you want to go that far. The bed uses 1 1/4 inch thick bed rails about 8 inches high. They are very heavy. I used the long angle irons from a cheap metal bed frame and bolted one to the inside of each rail to support the mattress. Several wooden slats add support. In addition I found it necessary to add a center support near the headboard that goes to the floor to prevent sagging in the middle. When it comes to attaching the rails to the headboard, you can't go wrong using the previously mentioned 'bed bolts'. The other mounting hardware I tried using wasn't strong and stiff enough. The bed bolts make for a very secure connection. Good Luck
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In my previous posting of the picture of the bed can you tell the lenth and thickness of the slats?
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