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#1 posted 03-20-2015 07:23 PM

Bed frame steel seems like it would be too light. I used square tube steel and welded my own brackets for the wheels. My welding skills are pretty bad, but I managed to make a nice frame. I was pretty proud of myself when I was done. Here it is?

I think the bed frame angle should work… heck, it can take the bouncing around of some pretty large people on king size beds, so I don’t think a 500 pound or so load in a relatively small footprint would be too much :) Plus, I have a bunch of 1/4” plate that I most likely will be using in the corners, and can use for mounting the casters. I have thought about making it with two fixed and two swivels… maybe even making the two fixed wheels out of HDPE from milk jugs, but at this point it’s all up in the air as to what I’ll wind up doing.

I’ve also thought about buying new (less work!), or using square tube… but I have about a dozen bed frames just piling up and would like to do something with them. My welding isn’t exactly the prettiest, but nothing has come apart yet! I have a Millermatic 210, which has easily handled everything I’ve thrown at it so far.

How did you handle locking it in place? Did you use locking casters or some other method?


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