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I'm building a bed and am new to wood work. I thought since I could work on cars I could design and build my own bed, harder than it seems.

I'm trying to attach 4-2x12's together to form a square, the boards are overlapping at each corner for attachment. I use wood screws and tried to connect it from the outside of the board but its not a stable connection and boards keep coming apart.

Do I need to drill holes and use bolts/or screws?

Use L-shaped brackets at the corners?

Thank you

Jesse D.
 

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You have a few choices. You can make a simple wood corner brace like this.

Or, you can buy a metal one.

Or, you can temporarily screw together with two screws. Remove one and drill through for a ½" dowel to be inserted. Remove the second screw, and drill as the first one was done. You could add another dowel or two (spaced appropriately.

Or, you can countersink for lag bolts and insert a wood plug to fill the hole.






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have ya tried using a biscuit joiner/dowl rods and some glue as well as the above mentioned corner bracket. it ya use a solid (2" tall like your boards are) corner bracket, it's give a place to mount some casters;). I was surprised when I started wood working that glue works so well. I was making picture frames and just nailing them they would just slop around and fall apart, not I glue the joint wait till it's set and nail it, never an issue again.
 

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have ya tried using a biscuit joiner/dowl rods and some glue as well as the above mentioned corner bracket. it ya use a solid (2" tall like your boards are) corner bracket, it's give a place to mount some casters;). I was surprised when I started wood working that glue works so well. I was making picture frames and just nailing them they would just slop around and fall apart, not I glue the joint wait till it's set and nail it, never an issue again.
Leave off the nails at the end. They add nothing but holes in the wood.

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Thank ya'll for all your help!! One more question the boards are alittle warped. Any tips on working with slightly warped boards?

thanks
 
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