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Forum topic by Chucknbob posted 08-07-2017 12:24 AM 670 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2017 12:24 AM

So I’m looking at building a queen size bed frame/headboard. However, I’m trying to keep costs down (relatively speaking). I’m trying to avoid using 2x dimensional stuff if I can avoid it. My question is, can I get by with using 4/4 maple or cherry? My second idea was using 2x lumber and gluing cherry on top, but I feel like this may be too thick and blocky.

Anyway, if someone can give any suggestion me I would appreciate it.

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#1 posted 08-07-2017 01:41 AM

I think it depends on your bed design, but probably not. You will need something more substantial for the legs and side rails, but you could use 4/4 for the headboard and footboard panels. Why not just buy some 6/4 or 8/4 for the parts that need to be heavier? It’s not much more expensive than 4/4 on a bd ft price basis. Gluing up 4/4 boards to obtain thicker stock is a viable option as well (for the legs, for example).

Another option to keep cost down is to utilize a standard metal frame and build a headboard that bolts to the frame. Then the headboard is essentially decorative so it can be less substantial.

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#2 posted 08-07-2017 04:54 AM

Mattius Wandel has some free plans for beds he made out of construction lumber. I think they look OK; I’m making the queen sized one now, in fact. Sometimes its nice to make things out of cheap wood; less stress over mistakes and when its made from thick pieces and finished with poly its plenty durable. Nowhere near as nice as a hardwood bed of course, but satisfying in a different way.

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