Bed post joint tips
I am preparing for a summer project, which will be a 4 post canopy bed for my wife. My current plan is for the corners to be 6x6 posts seven feet in length. Around the top, excluding the foot, I want to run 4x4s as top rails. My question is, what would be the best method for connecting these top rails to my posts. I have considered tennon and mortise joints, but then I am running a tennon through a tennon due to the intersection of the top rails. I have also considered rabbit joints, but those are less structurally sound in this application. Any advice is appreciated.
It should also be noted that this is the second canopy bed I have built. The first one was put together using lag screws and bolts. I am wanting to avoid that for a more finished look this time around.