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#1 posted 12-18-2020 05:04 PM

Typically, these would be mortise and tenon joints. There are a couple of ways to do it depending on your preferences, skill level, and available tools. The first would be to cut a groove in the edges of the two rails. Cut tenons to fit on the ends of the verticals. And then, after the verticals are installed or during their installation, glue some small blocks into the exposed grooves between the verticals. The second way would be to cut individual mortise and tenons for each vertical. I wouldn’t use pocket holes for this. They would work, but don’t forget, there is going to be a kid jumping, shaking, and climbing all over it. Make it strong.

To my eye, it looks like the narrow verticals ar about 3” and the wide ones are about 6”. Do a mock-up and see which dimensions and spacing looks the best to you. You might also want to look up what the recommended spacing is for kids beds. I think there are some regulations concerning this (probably for commercial products).


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