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Old 08-16-2010, 08:17 AM   #21
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We had a king size platform bed (inotherwords, no foundation/box spring required) It had a design similar to what you suggest, but the side rails were fairly substantial, partly for looks. However, it had a center leg come down to support the center rail. Of course, more support was required because it was a king size bed.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:28 AM   #22
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This guy used just 2x4s: Cheap, easy, low-waste platform bed plans
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T-Al,
Did any of the suggestions work out for you?
Just wondering if you were able to incorporate any thing that actually seems to be working.
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I think I'll be going with the original plan, when I get around to it. Thanks for the ideas anyway.

It didn't look good with the drawers out...
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just saw this good looking version and remembered you:
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Believe it or not, I've finally gotten around to this project after only 1.5 years. I got all the pieces cut, the posts prepared, and have painted the top of the platform with mold-proof paint.

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Getting close to being finished.

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I decided that I do not need extra shear support (that is, a plywood triangle attached at one of the corners). What do you think?

Now to Freecycle the old frame.
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I decided that I do not need extra shear support (that is, a plywood triangle attached at one of the corners). What do you think?
I am not a carpenter. However I think that you and Lena are young (at heart at the very least), athletic, and in love, so you definitely need a a lot of stability such as the plywood triangles. They'll be easy to add.
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I am not a carpenter. However I think that you and Lena are young (at heart at the very least) and in love, so you definitely need the plywood triangles. They'll be easy to add.
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All kidding aside (what's the point of that?), I think you need a triangle support both in the horizontal and vertical plane - essentially each corner (all 12). You cut out 3/4ths of the post at the top, and it looks like 4 holes are bored through the little remaining wood. I don't think you have much strength against any sideways movement at all. Plywood is a good choice.

Might be a bit tricky now, your planes are staggered, might need spacers or something to keep the faces aligned.

It looks to be strong for vertical static weight, all that weight will rest on the shoulders of those posts, but you have very little beyond that, IMO.

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I decided that I do not need extra shear support (that is, a plywood triangle attached at one of the corners). What do you think?
The design engineer's perpetual dilemma:
Would you rather take a few minutes to add them now, or would you prefer to add them later after you've started over?

And, of course, xkcd has this design warning:
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With all this talk off trapeze and mirrors, don't forget to leave a small space for an in-ceiling camera.
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You didn't really think pictures would add any value to this thread, did you?
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I appreciate the "better safe than sorry" advice, and I even cut out a reinforcement, but trust me, no extra support is necessary. I confirmed on a woodworking forum that that kind of joinery is much stronger than the cutaway 2x2 section, since it is all glued with the best quality wood glue and screwed. If you've ever tried to take apart something that was glued well, you'll find that the glue is stronger than the wood.

Also, note that the platform is screwed onto the top of the frame, which lends lots of horizontal strain relief, and also vertical.

Note that I don't require a running start, but just in case, I tried rocking on the bed, and couldn't get anything to budge.

It's funny that on the woodworking forum, several members thought I needed an additional support and leg in the middle of the bed, but with the 3/4 inch plywood, there's absolutely no sagging.



In any case, I'm all done, and I'm very happy with the result.







I decided to leave some space between the two pieces of plywood, to promote some additional air flow.





Thanks for the help.
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