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Forum topic by willhime posted 04-21-2021 06:53 AM 278 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2021 06:53 AM

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I’ve been asked to make this bed frame from crate and barrel. My friend has a tempurpedic mattress that is irregularly shaped (bigger than a queen, smaller than a king. I’m making it out of white oak but I’m a little unsure on how to proceed with the mitered corners.
The one in the picture is veneered but mine will be solid wood. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue with smaller pieces of furniture that don’t necessarily need to be broken down, i.e., simply cutting the miters, tenoning them then rolling over the corner with a burnisher to hide any miter flaws. Being that it’s a queen+, they’ll want to break it down to simply get it into their bedroom. Any suggestions ?

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#1 posted 04-21-2021 01:35 PM

Only saying this as Our beds are also topped with a Tempurpedic like foam mattress, but our bed frames are of the hospital like adjustable variety. Our King size ~~~ head/foot boards and side rails merely surround the free standing frame. They are not part of the support system, and are merely a surround.

He knows what he has, is it possible he assumes you know this? Or does he have one sitting in a different manner? I think normal bed hardware would still be used for attaching rails to head/foot.

All I’m saying is the use of the foam mattress could signal a non-traditional bed frame.

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#3 posted 04-21-2021 06:23 PM

Without trying to give you a direct answer, I suggest that you and your customer find another way to make the corners without the sharp edges and corners. I can imagine, in the dark, raking my shin bone across those edges or ramming my knee into the sharp miter. The prospect doesn’t seem pleasant. I think I would try out the idea of putting a block at the corner fastened to the footboard by mortise and tenon. Then use bed bolt haardware to fasten the side board. Then round over the sharp corners. Think of it as if you were making a traditional bed with legs, but you cut the legs off flush with the top and bottom of the foot and side rails.

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