|As for Restringing. ..|
I leave mine threaded. I just loosen it up a bit, undo the corners tilt the ends and roll up together in the webbing. Means I just have to unroll and tighten when I get to events. I wouldn't mind seeing a picture of a bed wrench...I usually put on the leather gloves and tighten by hand with no issue.
--- On Mon, 5/24/10, julian wilson <smnco37@yahoo. co.uk> wrote:
From: julian wilson <smnco37@yahoo. co.uk>
Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Slat beds vs Rope beds
To: medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com
Date: Monday, May 24, 2010, 3:01 PM
|--- On Mon, 24/5/10, Thomas von Holthausen <tvh.b3r.calontir@ gmail.com>
I agree that a rope bed with bed wench is best.
How often has that joke been attempted?
Good my Lords,
surely one's cum fort[h] hath oft depended upon success with tempting a bed wench?
Sorry, couldn't resist that - after all it's Punday Night!
But to my matter, then - -
I have used 2"x8" PAR for all the rope-suspension bed-frames I've made, based upon the design shewn unto me by H.E. Master Terafan Greydragon. The joints are tusk tenoned and wedge-locked. I use what you name a "bed wrench" for primary tensioning of the rope, and tie it off; then insert wedges into the loops outside the bedframe for further tensioning. Over this, [hidden from questing eyes], my Lady and I use the biggest Coleman airbed, which compensates for any small sagging in the ropes that our weight might cause, romping or sleeping.
However, I agree that it's much quicker to set-up and dismantle a slat bed, especially if transport-space/ weight is
not a consideration.
BTW, I make my bed-frames convertible - single or double options; - it's only 3 extra pieces of wood to be wrought and a little more workshop-time. . So, if you know you will be attending an event alone, leave the double-width headboard and head & foot rails at home, and just take the single-width ones.
Anyone who is curious about my designs, you can view my work in the Medieval Encampment Photo Files, under "Messire Baker's Camp and Work".