Re: War beds - an slightly different question.
We have been using a 4 poster which I made nigh unto 10 years ago which has held up admirably. The four redwood turned wooden posts consist of 3 segments each which friction fit into each other with turned tenon joints and the portions of the posts which accepted the plywood head/foot boards and side rails are thru mortised to allow tongues to pass through the post and held with wedges in a fashion similar to the osberg beds. The overall look is of a 15th century 4 poster but I used wedges to hold the elements together. The bed is a slat bed with most of the slats resting on a cleat inside the rails (one in the center passes through to keep the rails from spreading). http://www.roguehaven.org/Events/Estrella2005/Estrel22.jpg
This bed is a fusion of Osberg and late 15th century bed and is a compromise to my woodworking skills at the time. It has stood up remarkable well.. .the only problem is the edge banding used to disguise the plywood has delaminated in a few spots requiring minor repair. One day (when I get a round tuit) I plan on a much more accurate reproduction of a german 15th camp bed which was my original inspiration.
--- In email@example.com, "Michael" <michaelgosline@...> wrote:
> Out of all the war beds people have made and used, which designs seem
> to be the sturdiest?
> Which holds up to the most use and abuse?
> What kinds of woods have you tried?
> And has anyone had any "interesting failures" of a bed?
> As in, did one ever break on you while you were doing more than just
> sleeping on it!