If the boards are deep(wide = greater dimension) enough, yes. If
they're not deep enough, no.
Deep enough in this case is probably a nominal 1x6 (3/4"x5.5"), with
the actual laminated dimension being 1.5" x 5.5" With doubled 1x4s
the thing would sag and bounce.
That would certainly be stiff enough, but the OP didn't mention
steel. He asked a wood question and I gave him a wood answer. You're
also assuming there's a box spring. The OP didn't provide specifics
and might be planning on using some 1x slats to support the
If he were willing to use steel and there was a box spring, then he
should just buy a steel bed frame. It'd be less expensive and less
time consuming and it would be covered so it wouldn't be seen. If
that were the case I'd think the OP would be asking about how to make
just head and foot boards.
If the thing is going to be seen, I agree with Sonny - skinny bed
rails look chintzy.
You're assuming 'normal' for a REC post...? That was good for a
Yea well, ya gotta have sumpthin to put the mattress on, they just don't
float on air.
And yes, skinny rails do look chintzy, but as you pointed out the OP didn't
specify much other than gluing 3/4 up.
So for ASSumption sake, we're all just assumin<g>
On Saturday, July 14, 2012 4:42:36 PM UTC-4, RicodJour wrote:
No box spring. I make a lip by gluing and screwing 2 pieces of 2" strips of plywood and the mattress support itself by poplar 1 X 6 boardsbetween the lips.
I actually made a couple of beds this way but I always has 1 1/2" stock for rails and posts.
I do not want to use any metal.
In the original post he asked about laminating strength. In your
reply where you asked what the hell he was asking about, you quoted a
later post by the OP where he said he'd built beds before with thicker
lumber. I didn't have any information you didn't. In any event, he
got his answer and everyone is happy.
That'd work, but it's heavier than you need. A 1x8 on edge is plenty
stiff vertically all by it's lonesome. In your situation I'd rip one
of the 1x8s down to get two or three equal pieces and laminate one
piece to the lower edge of each 1x8 to create the ledger. That would
beef up the lateral stiffness and you'd have a 1x8 left over for
Yeah, but they said they'd just gotten to the room an plopped down on it when
it gave way. Of course, when he told the story everyone in the room said
"sssuuurrrreee, riiigghhhttt" (except his wife, who whacked him).
On Saturday, July 14, 2012 11:15:01 AM UTC-7, kuku wrote:
make rails. If I glue two pieces of 3/4" boards using wood glue will they
be strong enough for a bed rail?
Solid wood? Sure, in fact it'll give you some freedom to choose grain that's
for the outer board, and will make knots less of a structural issue (as long
as the two boards don't have overlapping knots, of course).
It simplifies the step that holds the box springs, too; just offset the two
Fill in the step you see from outside, with some decorative molding.
I'd predrill for screws, and use a dozen or two to clamp the joint, rather than
find clamps for the whole length.
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