I'm considering making a bed based on these plans. (small aesthetic/
practicle tweaks like lowering the footboard to just over the bottom
of the mattress so I don't kick it, I'm tall)
However I don't want to use Mahogany, I was thinking of Cherry
Now I had made a bed previously, and didn't base it on any plans. The
results ended in the bed breaking as I didn't use thick enough
material. (It was also too tall and my wife had to hop to get in the
bed, she's short)
Now I'm worried that the dimensions may have been chosen based on the
strength of the wood, and perhaps other woods are not as strong. I
would prefer to keep this one from breaking :)
Are their any good guidelines for this?
Well, like I said, I kind of winged the last one. Apparently I didn't
do enough math. Looks like in places I was short by an easy inch of
wood for some of the supports.
I also went radical and designed it as 2 rails with feet that where
joined together instead of a more traditional head and foot with 2
No, not really. They're held up by particle boards standing on edge under
plywood sheeting, covered with plastic. All holding about 3 tons of water.
We used to have one. Didn't everybody, back in the day? One of the more
interesting experiences in life is to get out of a warm, dry waterbed to
take care of a noisy youngster, and step into a really wet carpet. The
rain had filled up a planter bed, and it had soaked under the wall,
completely soaking the master bedroom. I spent the day draining the
planter, installing french drain in the heavy rain, and wet vacuuming the
Thank goodness that was before we had any money to spend on decent
Patriarch, who learned a lot of these lessons the hard way, too.
Oh you must be familiar with the New style beds. LOL... the one that I
have helped my sister-in-law move countless times and for the last I hope
was built in the early 70's. The lower section has 6 drawers on each side
stacked 2 high and is all pine. There is a particle board platform on top
I agree. I had a rail split on a bed i made one time. On close
inspection the way I had added the connector and rail flange had left
stress points on the end which was unreinforced end grain. This was
cherry, but, I don't think the type of hardwood would have mattered.
My design was wrong.
Also, if you want solid engineering data try
which has been the standard reference on the engineering of wooden
structures since long before there was an Internet.
For more detailed information on specific wood species try
http://www2.fpl.fs.fed.us /. Use the "wood properties" link first and
if that does't get you to it then try the "common names" link.
I have to agree with another post, saying that pine will hold up a
waterbed. My king size pine waterbed, made in 1978, has been used
everyday and it has not failed. You should use a proven design and
use mortise and tenon joinery. I know that hickory is a very strong
wood, but use whatever you think looks good or select a hardwood that
is a good value (cherry is in big demand right now).
Thats a good point to take into consideration as well. I hadn't
Searching for info on it I found this site:
Which has good descriptions of different woods as well as a little
sample of the grain/finish
Thank you for posting the link to American Hardwood Information Center, it
appears to be a very informative site.
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If ya see it, it didn't go off.
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