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>Thanks for your responses. I have attached a picture of a practice leg as secured to a piece of 2X4, and a pic of 2 legs that I will actually use, up against the rail of an existing bed. I have tried to put all my weight on the practice leg and it seems to be secure (as I weigh about 200 lb and me or a guest plus the bed and mattress wouldn't weigh more than 400 I don't think, and since there would be 4 such legs, each would bear about half as much weight as I put on the demo leg).
The leg is made from Padauk and joined with a biscuit and wood glue (and as seen in the pic, bolted to the rail). My plan is such that the bed, when viewed from the top, would look like a rectangular tic-tac-toe board but with 4 lines going across rather than 2. The 2 vertical lines would be 1X8 rails (~73" long) and the 4 lines going across would be 1X6" boards. The rails and cross pieces would fit together using lap joints (I have seen the specific joint referred to as an edge half lap).
If the frame seemed loose (e.g., movement in response to racking forces), I would maybe reinforce some of the intersections of the rails and cross boards with a short piece of 2X4 or something to try to keep the right angles true. The rails would be in about 6" from either side (e.g., from the edge of the mattress and also from the end of the cross boards. A varnished piece of plywood would go on top of all of this (so the bed would basically be a platform to get things off the ground and give a bit of storage space underneath) and the mattress would sit on this.
The plywood could also be screwed onto the frame as an alternative method of making the bed frame "tight" (i.e., no wiggles in the joints) but I am not very experienced in wood shrinkage/expansion issues and am not sure if this might lead to trouble if, for example, the frame shrunk or expanded or twisted a bit and the plywood didn't. Securing the plywood would be an easy way of tightening everything up though so I'd like to do that…just not sure.
If this works out, I have some more nebulous plan for a headboard and a couple other optional flourishes. The rails and maybe cross boards will likely be cherry although since they are not going to be very visible, maybe I should use something less expensive (like I assume pine is here in the southeast).
The reason I'm designing it this way is basically just that I need to do something that is within and maybe stretches just a little, my competence level and is feasible with a miter saw, hand drill, hand saw, (no router or table saw or drill press or inside work area to speak of) and that I can finish in a reasonably short period of time. And I'd like it to look home-made…in a good way. I think the legs look better in a little, but also just didn't know initially if I would have any problems (with legs at end) with the rails sagging.<
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