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#1 posted 12-30-2011 06:47 PM

A am also about to build a bed. I have the lumber and the plans pretty well worked out in my head (I never use published plans).

My bed will also have big, heavy duty corner posts (3.5×3.5) and they will be solid (glued up) wood. In my case, I will be gluing up some 8/4 lumber.

DS251 is correct about the importance of a solid connection between the rails and the posts. Yet, you need to be able to dismantle this connection to take the bed down. I’ve decided to use 2 conventional bed bolts at each post. I’m going to add a decorative piece on the outside of each post that covers both holes. It will pivot in the center to expose both holes.

As an FYI – I am a real “no hardware” woodworker. Yet, for this connection, I can’t think of a way to avoid hardware. However, I will have no visible hardware.

My wife’s birthday is March 9th – so I need to get started shortly.

If curious – I don’t follow any published plans, but I am inspired by this bed and something like this is what I will make with bubinga and curly maple. I have purchased some stunning waterfall bubinga for this project.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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