Hi all -
Thinking about building a simple bed frame and was wondering if there
was a preference when it came to the fasteners (mortise or
Also, I was thinking about making the rails out of plywood (2 3/4"
joined together) if only because access to real wood is difficult...
any opinions on that?
I've used the mortised kind...love'em. Given though you're thinking
about using ply for the rails, I would lean more toward the non-mortise
type. The screws holding the hooks on the mortised type wouldn't hold
well in ply.
Fine Woodworking magazine had an excellent article about bed making
discusing all of the most comon joints and pretty much everything you
need to consider for a bed design regarding structure.
You really should look it up, it was well worth the read.
I'd reconsider the plywood idea for the rails. Even if you have to mail
order the solid wood, I would think it will be structurally more sound.
Maple, ash, oak, birch all would be good candidates.
Where are you that you can get sheet goods, but no solid stock?
I'm (slowly) working on a bed also, and planning to use the
mortise-type fastener. The plans I have suggest putting a dowel up
through the rail, so the screw holding the fastener to the rail has
something to 'bite' into. Otherwise, you'd be screwing into end
grain, which we all know isn't as strong. I agree that (even with a
dowell) plywood wouldn't be as strong in terms of holding the fastener
I don't like the mortise hardware from woodcraft. It tens to want to
pull through the plate after a while. I had to weld the male part
together so the pins wouldn't pull out. I much prefer castiron
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