Sat, Nov 25, 2006, 11:42am (EST-3) email@example.com doth query:
<snip> My question is what is the best method for ensuring the bed won't
sway and lean and is solid once it's assembled? <snip>
Probably about 50 years back my grandfather made two double-size
bunk beds using pine logs. He cut the logs to length, then spiked
everything together. Very solid, no swaying, no leaning. This was for
a hunting cabin, so nothing fancy, but I would imagine they're still in
This was the same guy that designed a cabin made from pallets.
Everything was pre-cut, then carried about 300 miles north, and
assembled into a cabin in one day. The whole thing went together like a
giant puzzle, and everything fit - I'm still amazed. The next day it
was covered with tar paper, and ready for use. All this was in the
winter, at the start of deer season, with about 2 foot of snow on the
ground - we spent the first two nights in a tent, and the rest of the
week in the cabin, with a sheet metal stove for heat, and a wood
cookstove for cooking. The bunk beds in that one were made out of slab
lumber, and also double-mattress size. The "fancy" cabin, a log cabin
with the log bunk beds, was made a few years later. The logs were well
cured but all twisted, so were cut into about 3' chunks then set between
2X12 studs and spiked into place - that one went together in just a bit
longer than the pallet wood cabin - in summer this time - and all
cutting was by two-man crosscut saw. As far as I know, both cabins are
still there, and still usable, but last I knew the pallet cabin was
being used for storage, but could still be usable for humans. The
cludgie was, and maybe still is, a two-holer.
There was a fancy cabin down by the lake, with fancy log beds, and
as far as I can recall, they were spiked together too. Personally, I'm
not much of a fan of log beds.
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