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post #1 of 9 Old 09-23-2019, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Bed legs 45 degrees

Hello,

I want to make a bed with legs coming out at an angle like in the picture. But can not come up for solution for joinery. Maybe someone have done something similar in the past ?

Any advice is appreciated
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-23-2019, 11:29 AM
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Those legs are no where near 45 degrees. Probably somewhere near 15 or 20 degrees. 45degrees would put too much strain on any joint.


If I was going to do a leg like that I would want to use a through joint for maximum strength.


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What I meant is that they stand 45 degrees in relation to a 90 degrees bed frame (if that makes any sense :) )
added drawing to explain myself.

yes and on top of that they have a lean of 15-20 degrees.

George - through joint how ? could you explain ?

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post #4 of 9 Old 09-23-2019, 02:27 PM
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@GeorgeC meant:
Cut a mortise (rectangular hole) with a matching tenon (rectangular peg) on the top of the leg to give it strength. There will be a shoulder (flat face) around the tenon near the top of the leg.

Do an image search on the web for "through tenon joint" and you will see examples.

Based on your latest drawing, I would be concerned about cutting a mortise in a miter joint at the corner of the bed. I am also concerned about the strength of simple miter joints in those corners regardless. I would think about choosing a stronger joint for the corners of the bed.
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My very non-expert thought: Would it be better have the legs straight up and down, and taper the back side of the legs to give the illusion of "lean"? My thinking is that due to the nature of how beds are "used" the lateral stress of the leg joints will eventually loosen them, even at 15-20 degrees, unless the legs and joints are thicker.
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In the photo, it looks like maybe the legs are attached inside of the mitered corners.

And actually, those corners might not be mitered.
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You are right they are not mitered. They disassemble

I have made a drawing of how siderail connects to footboard. it can be assembled and disassembled. other options to connect available, but I want it to be possible to be assembled and disassembled.

But can not figure out how to incorporate leg like that. Don't see how though tenon would help unless some additional connecting parts to be added to the corner of the bed

any suggestions to this ?
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First off, I would ditch the idea of Dowels. I would use mortise and tenons to join the frames.
I also agree 100% on through tenons for the legs
Also, I Would not set the frame joint directly on top of the leg joints. I would set the leg tenons a few inches back on the long bed rails.

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There are metal brackets designed for exactly this joint, if thatís the way you want to go:

https://www.truevalue.com/table-legs...ngle-top-plate

You could recess it so that the top of the leg meets flush with the rails.
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