Build Your Own Bed Frame with a Table Saw

If you are one of those people that like everything to be perfect, and you have an image of the perfect bed for your bedroom, but you can't find it anywhere, then it might take time for you to gather your tools and some materials and build your dream bed.

One the best beginner carpentry projects are the custom bed frame. You will need a table saw, work gloves a hammer and a wood chisel as well as sheathing sheets, paintable caulk, and a dust mask. You will need to modify your total length and width, so it will fit the size of bed you are making.

The first step will be to cut your panels, then you will assemble your frame, after that you will install your corners and cross slats, then you will finish up with the legs.

To build your bed and bed frame with a table saw, you can gather any wood that you want and use a table saw to cut and trim it to the specifications needed for your bed frame. Collecting wood from an old house or other demolition materials will offer a distinct character to your new bed. But new lumber is recommended for the bed frame; it will be invisible under the bedding plus, it will be the supporting strength.

The bedposts can be cut into 2x4 bed rails and notched for bed posts. You could use 8ft. 2x4s to cut the rails and cross members and 6x6 to make the posts. The first step would be split the 6x6 into four equal positions; you would need to measure the height that you want for your bed frame and subtract the thickness of your plywood top. Using your table saw to cut 11-inch-high post is recommended. Keeping in mind the end of your posts need to be cut the same, so your bed sits flat. To make sure your posts match, you can strap them together and sand the ends even.

After that, you will need to notch your posts, so they accept 3 ½ inches of the railing. This can be done with 2x4 notches for the railings slide into the posts fitting flush to the outside edges of your 6x6's. You can make your notches by using a speed square to mark off your waste areas and cut as much away as you possibly can with your table saw. The notches can be finished with a wood chisel and a hammer.

Your bed frame should measure up with the outside dimensions matching the bed size. For instance, a queen size bed would need a bed frame that measures 60inches by 80inches. The first step is to cut 4-2x4 bedrails measuring to the length of the bed, and then you should fasten them snuggly into the notches you made, using a wood glue with your screws.

After that, you will be ready to center the cross-member mounts; you will do this at the midpoint between your side rails and making it flush to the tops. Now, you will drive 2-3inch wood screws into your 2x4 railings and through the end grain of your cross-member.

At this point, your skeleton is complete, and you are ready to cover your entire frame using two sheets of half inch plywood. You will do this by screwing the plywood every 18 inches over top of the 2x4 railings and cutting it flush to the outer edges of your bed frame.

You will need to locate the joint that is between the sheets at the center of your middle cross-member. At this point, you can use your bed frame as a workbench and supporting surface for cutting your plywood.

Your next step should be using your table saw to cut the sheets in a manner that keeps it from falling and tearing out your wood as you finish up.

Rip the rabbits at the inside edges of your 2x8s so you can conceal the of tongue and groove boards and you are ready to finish your bed frame with the wood stain that you have chosen, as well as applying the polyurethane in a double coat.

Making your Headboard

You can make an impressive headboard by choosing some tongue and groove boards and using them with a few lengths of 2x8.

You can eliminate rounded corners by ripping the edges of the 2x8s square of your table saw. Then you can rip a 3/8-inch rabbet at one edge of the 2x8s, which will be the legs of your headboard. Your 2x8 legs are going to frame the ¾ inch tongue and groove boards and conceal your butt joints.

You will find that your wood will be different and will need to be treated differently to make them match in the end. So, it is an excellent idea to pre-finish your wood, so it matches before assembling your headboard.

Begin the construction of your headboard with your 4x8 sheet of the ½ inch plywood, using the entire 48 inches height but trim the length to 61 ½ inches.

Now, mount the 61 ½ inch 2x8 to over the top of your plywood, flushing your edges and screw the glue it in the back with your cabinet screws.

Directly beneath the top 2x8, you should install two straight 2x8 legs, which are flush with the other ones and align them with your plywood edges.

Now, it is time to attach the legs, it is a good idea to use clamps to hold everything together, so you can get it fastened together right.

Once you have finished fastening everything together, it is time to mount the headboard to your bed frame. Make sure the headboard is centered to your bed frame, the fasten the legs to posts.

An all-natural bed frame is a beautiful addition to any bedroom. A bed frame that you made yourself is something you can always be proud of and will complement any lifestyle as well as being sustainable. So, if you have an idea of the perfect bed for your home, but you can't find it anywhere else, then gather your tools and materials and make that bed yourself.

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