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Strong and Tough Platform Bed DIY

Strong and Tough Platform Bed DIY

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Strong and Tough Platform Bed DIY
by
trz
on December 2, 2007
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intro:  Strong and Tough Platform Bed DIY..........................................................................................2 step 1:  Making Legs...........................................................................................................2 step 2:  Cut your Head/Foot and Side Boards........................................................................................3 step 3:  Attach short boards to legs................................................................................................3 step 4:  Attaching Long Side to Bed................................................................................................4 step 5:  Install Center Support Beam...............................................................................................4 step 6:  Glue/Nail on Support Rail.................................................................................................5 step 7:  Install Castors, Cut Plywood, Tighten and Enjoy!................................................................................5 Related Instructables...........................................................................................................6 Advertisements...............................................................................................................6 Comments...................................................................................................................6
 
http://www.instructables.com/id/Strong-and-Tough-Platform-Bed-DIY/ 
intro:
Strong and Tough Platform Bed DIY
DIY platform bed with approximately $60-$90 that definitely will last. Made with plywood, 2x6's, 4x4's, and castors (wheels). More pictures available atwww.myplatformbed.com. You will need:Materials Needed:3 - 2x6 Boards 10' feet long1 - 4x4 Post 32" inches to 40" inches long1- 2x4 Stud12 - Hex Bolts 3/8 by 6" inches long12 - Hex 3/8 Nuts24 - Cut Washers for 3/8 Bolts1 - 2x4 Stud framing support bracket (pictured)8 - Screws; 1 1/2" inchesTools Needed:Carpenter SquareTape MeasureMiter Saw (Recommended)Electric Drill with Phillips Drill BitLong 3/8 Drill bit (6" inches or over)1- 9/16 Socket Wrench1- 9/16 WrenchWood Glue
step 1:
Making Legs
We start by cutting the legs of the platform bed. This 4x4 wood I found outside, discarded. Find a scrap one or buy, cut yourself or cut to size at the lumber store.Cut 8" in length if you want castors on it, 10" if you do not. You may opt for shorter legs (no shorter than 6.5") or longer ones.
 
http://www.instructables.com/id/Strong-and-Tough-Platform-Bed-DIY/ 
step 2:
Cut your Head/Foot and Side Boards
With my cut I am cutting one inch bigger to play it safe. I am fine with a platform bed approximately 1 inch bigger than the mattress, if you prefer the platform structureeven out with your mattress, cut exactly as your mattress is. With your 2x6 board cut:Mattress Size: Long Side Board Cut: Short Head/Foot Board Cut:Twin two 75" boards (or 76") two 39" boards (or 40")Full two 75" boards (or 76") two 54" boards (or 55")Queen two 60" boards (or 61") two 80" boards (or 81")King two 76"/78" boards (Kings varies) two 80" boards or (81")-My particular platform bed is Full Size. There's a popular quote in carpentry that goes as "Measure twice, Cut once". Be careful with your measurements. From this pointon, there will be more measurements needed and I recommend a Carpenter's Square for straight and even lines to cut from ($2.99 yellow plastic tool pictured above)
step 3:
Attach short boards to legs
The entire platform bed will have a 1/2" gap from the top, nothing will obstruct that 1/2" inch gap all around the platform bed. This is done in advance to secure supportbeams/boards (plywood or wood strips) at the end of the project.For your short (head/foot) side boards you want the edge of the legs and board to even out, as shown in picture above. Remember to maintain a 1/2" inch gap. Seeprevious picture #2.

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