Mike, I used some hardware from Rockler for my son's first bed - a twin
sized. The whole thing is solid as a rock and these were perfect. Surface
mount so no M&T work. Plus they break down very easily and have the option
of locking in with one screw (you'll see what I mean when you look at the
On 17 Jan 2005 07:24:42 -0800, the inscrutable "Mike in Arkansas"
They're sold in sets of 4, so they're probably designed for individual
use, one to a corner. I'd make a T&G for them if it were my bed. It
would relieve the stress. (Disclaimer: I haven't used them, but
they're also used to hold workbenches together, so they should be
strong enough. A Mission bed should be white oak, so the wood is
strong enough. (8/4 rails, right?)
<<<(8/4 rails, right?)>>>
8/4 rails? WOW! I thought my 5/4 rails were substantial even if they
are red oak. I like the bed bolts idea as most have recommended.
However, now that the head and foot boards are all assembled, drilling
accurate holes is problematic. The surface mounts recommended by Jeff
also present a problem locating the rails the correct distance apart to
allow matress clearance without a lot of access space. Leaning toward
the bed bolts but think I'll make my own since I have access to brass
stock. Seem simple enough. Just need to ponder how to go about
drilling accurate holes for a while.
This never made it out on the 18th, so here goes anyway.
On 17 Jan 2005 19:58:23 -0800, the inscrutable "Mike in Arkansas"
Drill the holes in the rails and use dowel centers to mark the bed
posts. Screw a slat to the rails if you want a solid measuring device.
That's if you haven't followed a plan and don't know that the actual
center of the post should be on the mark. ;)
Do think about M&T for these rail-to-post joints. It would probably
keep the squeaking down to a minimum, too. Wax before assembly.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of Minwax, I shall stain no Cherry.
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