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Carpentry Question...

Post by JMG » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:26 am

Of sorts...

As soon as I get home I need to build a bunk bed. I will be using a similar plan to this one, but I will install an extra rail on the top bunk so my kid doesn't roll out and a ladder on the horizontal side of the bed.

http://jayscustomcreations.com/2013/03/ ... ad-center/

Instead of screwing the bed frames to the ends I would rather use some sort of connector bolt so that I can disassemble and reassemble as many times as I'd like without wallowing out the holes. I'd like to use these: http://www.rockler.com/connector-bolts- ... ctor-bolts However, I'm not sure what size to get. I will be joining to 1 3/4" thick boards so my guess is I would need the 3 1/2" connector bolts. Other than Ikea type furniture though, I've never used these types of bolts.

Can any of you with more experience with this stuff offer some knowledge?
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by coco » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:09 am

You'll cut your thumb off.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by JMG » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:13 am

coco wrote:
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You'll cut your thumb off.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by UncleBob » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:16 am

You may wish to explore some brackets. Some may even lock and fold depending on how you are using them.

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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by JMG » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:49 am

UncleBob wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:16 am
You may wish to explore some brackets. Some may even lock and fold depending on how you are using them.

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I don't want to go the bracket route. I want the bed to be as dismantle-able as possible.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by UncleBob » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:56 am

JMG wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:49 am
UncleBob wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:16 am
You may wish to explore some brackets. Some may even lock and fold depending on how you are using them.

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I don't want to go the bracket route. I want the bed to be as dismantle-able as possible.
Well, brackets or bolts, as they say.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by UncleBob » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:00 am

I think that if I wanted to make the bunk beds to be broken down, and I couldn't use brackets, I would look for a design (or design it myself) where I used nuts and bolts like these:
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:22 am

coco wrote:
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You'll cut your thumb off.
Coco beat me to it...

Just put the saw down...step away from the saw :lol:
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Post by Bloodhound » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:27 am

More to the point, Rockler has some great brackets that are drop and lock/lift and go.

http://www.rockler.com/hardware/bed-har ... s-brackets

They are very easy to assemble and disassemble.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by Goose55 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:44 am

Bloodhound wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:27 am
More to the point, Rockler has some great brackets that are drop and lock/lift and go.

http://www.rockler.com/hardware/bed-har ... s-brackets

They are very easy to assemble and disassemble.
There ya go JM. Looks like you've got this as good as done.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by infidel » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:26 am

UncleBob wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:00 am
I think that if I wanted to make the bunk beds to be broken down, and I couldn't use brackets, I would look for a design (or design it myself) where I used nuts and bolts like these:
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I'm with Bob, good old nuts, bolts, and washers for the assembly.

I would also add an angle brace or two on the back side to keep the whole thing square.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by JudgeRusty » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:01 pm

infidel wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:26 am
UncleBob wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:00 am
I think that if I wanted to make the bunk beds to be broken down, and I couldn't use brackets, I would look for a design (or design it myself) where I used nuts and bolts like these:
Image
I'm with Bob, good old nuts, bolts, and washers for the assembly.

I would also add an angle brace or two on the back side to keep the whole thing square.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by infidel » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:05 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:27 am
More to the point, Rockler has some great brackets that are drop and lock/lift and go.

http://www.rockler.com/hardware/bed-har ... s-brackets

They are very easy to assemble and disassemble.
Nice, I might change my vote.
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Post by JimVH » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:07 pm

This thread needs a pole.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by FredS » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:13 pm

Two Words:

Check out AnaWhite.com for easy-to-build furniture plans and ideas.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:03 pm

JudgeRusty wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:01 pm
infidel wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:26 am
UncleBob wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:00 am
I think that if I wanted to make the bunk beds to be broken down, and I couldn't use brackets, I would look for a design (or design it myself) where I used nuts and bolts like these:
Image
I'm with Bob, good old nuts, bolts, and washers for the assembly.

I would also add an angle brace or two on the back side to keep the whole thing square.
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by JMG » Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:57 pm

infidel wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:05 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:27 am
More to the point, Rockler has some great brackets that are drop and lock/lift and go.

http://www.rockler.com/hardware/bed-har ... s-brackets

They are very easy to assemble and disassemble.
Nice, I might change my vote.
These don't fit my plans. Also, the connector bolts too, because they have a cool look when finished. It will be sort of like this: Image
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Re: Carpentry Question...

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:41 pm

That is cool...I have one very similar to that in my garage to take to the cabin this spring.
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