New Bed ~ Breakdown Camp slat /platform
- Greetings to the list!
So last year at Pennsic the camp across from us was selling some of
the camp furniture. A campmate of mine wanted a camp bed and they ahd
one. He wasn't willignt o spend what I did on my slat bed but they
had an interesting platform bed using plywood chopped up into
sections that rested on 2x4's that then rested on side rails. It
pegged together with what appeared to be carved pegs about the size
of pencils. the side rails were 2x6 with a 1x4 glued screwed and
notched to accept the 2x4 slats. the head board was a 2x6 and the
foot board was a 2x4. The posts were standard PT 4 x 4 deck posts. I
looked at it and thought that it would benefit greatly from a larger
head and foot board with weges instead of pegs. So for the $20 asking
price he hauled it home. He bought a length of 2x12 and we replaced
the Head and foot boards and I gave him a few of my wedges and his
bed is greatly improved. Still not perfect but without totally
rebulding it, it will get him thru this Pennsic hopefully?
Another friend wanted one similar and asked if we could knock one
out? I thought we could get most of it done in a night. He purchased
the wood Tuesday and we started on it Wednesday night. We started
about 7 pm and he left by midnight. Given the tools I have avaialble
and the hand fitting that was required we did alright and if his Wife
and new son decide to come to Pennsic they'll have a nice place up
off the ground to sleep. He short-cutted some things but the wood was
still under $100. He plans on putting a piece of plywood over the six
1x3 pine slats to support his regular full size bed mattress.
I posted photos of the Solidworks solid model and will post photos of
the actual bed after Pennsic. Photos are in Valentine's projects
folder in the Yahoo group. Tools used were a 12" chop saw, Cordless
circular saw and Jig saw, Mortising machine and table saw. Various
rasps, files and sandpaper were also used. I think the next time I
may try making templates and using the router instead and finishing
the corners with the mortising tool.