RE: [MedievalSawdust] Re: New Web Site for Chas. Oakley
I’ve learned to avoid that by cross-pinning the mortise with a dowel. It doesn’t take much. Just a quarter-inch or so.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto: email@example.com ] On Behalf Of Lewis Newby
Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 5:23 PM
Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: New Web Site for Chas. Oakley
Having made several of these I have seen them put under some incredible weight loadings ( 6 large adults lounging around on one for instance ). Hardwood is a must on this scenario though. I have used Ash, Cherry, and Oak. My personal one is a queen size with Ash frame and white oak slats and has lasted for 8+ years at a couple hundred events and was used in my sons room for a while cause he liked it.
The one place I ran into a problem is with one particular couple and the gentleman was a little overzealous driving the pegs into the center slat and blew out the mortis twice. His lady has since told him if he does it again he has to fix it or make a new slat cause she won't ask me to again.
As for noise, when it is tight none can be heard, at Pennsic I have to re-tap them periodically because of weather conditions.
The tenons can be real knee knockers though so be sure and round them off well.
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On Feb 29, 2008, at 3:23 PM, Eric wrote:
I have noticed that if my Gokstad slat bed (based on the Oakley
plans)only makes noise if the tenon pegs are beginning to loosen.
With all the pegs snug, the bed is silent under a variety of dynamic
Yours in Service,
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--- In medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com, "Jim Looper" <jimlooper@. ..>
> As a side question to the group as a whole: All wood beds squeak.
I have been considering shaving the tenons down a wee bit and gluing
felt to them as a noise dampener. Has anyone tried this or something
similar? How about leather?
- my wife banged her knees one too many times and I
was instructed to find another way..
So I use these.....
You can't see em once the bed is together, work great, not effected at all by humidity
no pegs to fall out or lose . ( my nod to the Creative part of our name.... )
And with a bed wrench, I'd go with a rope bed instead of slats anyway.....
The bed wrench works great and I've had no problem with sagging ropes.
The center support probably helps, but the ropes have never sagged enough
for me to be sure.
after trying both I will never go back to slats..... ever.
In fact since we are waiting for the Ikea to open near Cincinnati and the box
springs would not fit up the stairs in our new house, we are sleeping on the rope
bed right now.... If we do not find something we like at Ikea I'll just build a
rope bed for home use also....
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