I tried the general woodworking thread. Waited a week and got no reply on my post. So....
I am planning on building a simple bed frame for a queen size. Using 2x8 and 4x4 for most of it. Gonna use lag bolt for connecting most everything (not in a long term living situation). I have always had my bed on rails and I am tired of it.
I need suggestions or tips. Anything you guys can think of. Gonna be low to the ground so it is more sturdy. Headboard is gonna come up about a foot over the matress. Gonna use slats instead of my box spring. Also, would like to avoid any staining/painting/covering in general. I am going to sand it down extremely smooth and that is all I plan for a finish.
Loosely basing it off this
Looks ugly as fuck and unimaginative. I just finished this. Queen bed. Its 130cm off the ground so i can comfortably fap in a lazy boy under my bed. Just put on a thin coat of shellac to seal the grain because i am lazy.
Buy low, sell high is the best tip I can give; though hot's on the left, cold's on the right is a close second.
Seriously, if you don't finish it with something (paint, varnish, lacquer, spray on polyurethane, whatever) it'll look like shit faster than you'd think.
Oh! And good luck!
Not that guy but to add to why finishing it is important is basically splinters. Over time the timber will expand and contract, lifting the grain. You will get splinters. I recomend an easy to work with industrial finish like cabothane. Shellac is even cheaper. It just takes a long time to apply. Think 30 coats. Also, untreated pine is cheap as fuck where i live compared to treated. It looks like that guy in the picture used garden sleepers theyre so dark. F7 treated or some shit. Difficult to work with as irs usually stored outside and warped because its more for making retaining walls than anything.
i guess ill be the anon to ask, why fap under the bed, when you could just as easily fap in the bed?
Looks ugly and won't function as a bed frame either. Looks like you used 1x2s for everything, there is a reason bed frames are beefy as fuck 2x8 or 2x10s. It also looks like you hogged out a dado into your flimsy uprights on the left side, wth?
Don't use 4x4s, glue 2 2x4s together. It'll be sturdier and have less movement than a 4x4, which are notorious for cupping, warping, twisting, etc.
Use carriage bolts instead of lag screws if you plan on taking it apart multiple times.
Don't leave it unfinished, brush some polyurethane or something on it. If you're not worried about appearance don't even bother sanding it smooth after, but it'll help the bed last longer, and if you live in humid climates it'll help keep the wood from swelling.
Get a rafter square to square the corners, nothing like putting all the effort into making it only to realize your frame looks like a rhombus and the bed won't fit in on one side but the gap is too wide on the other.
If money is an issue my suggestions add less than $20 to the bill, but it'll be more solid so you don't have to build a new one sooner.
why wont it function as a bed frame? its stable, if i push one side, the whole bed slides together, legs dont bow or flex at the joints. I've jumped on it, done pullups, and it doesnt sway, creak, tip or bow.
wood is stronk but confusing to the layman. its all to do with the orientation of the grain and arranging systems such that compression and tension are managed effectively.
dado? no that's a shitty half lap. the things on the floor were me experimenting with kerfed braces. it's so that weight rests directly on top of the leg. a single 70x35mm plank would have worked. I just glued two together to enhance rigidity by forcing them to be permanently under tension from each other. the only part for concern is those beams running 2m without supports but they're braced by a 40x4mm steel angle which also holds the slats. it is a bit ugly though. but its just because my tools are limited and I wanted it to break down to fit in a car.
I can mount my wide screen television under the bed and computer ect. also a swing. just a way to add more functional space to my room.
Just wanted to let you guys know how im going.
I'm waiting on a vesa mount for the TV. not sure if I should rig up a zero-G chair under it for maximum anime appreciation experience or reupholster a majorly fucked up 30yo lazyboy I have lying the shed.
the heavy duty shelf brackets are sound. needs more slats and a queen mattress. the double futon is just what I was sleeping on the ground. it doesnt creek or sway when I fap on the bed unlike pretty much every other bed I have ever had. so I'd say its a better frame than anything I've ever known.