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So basically a design like this is not possible? What if I were to put padding between the connections in the wood, this would account for shrinking and would muffle the squeaks.

And I looked up what gusseting and racking are. Where would this be needed? On the head board?
If you add anything to the mating parts of a joint, you'll still will have movement, but it may be more quiet. Gusseting would be a triangular brace at a 90° intersection preventing movement.

What you do and how you make it might depend on how you want it to go together, and what fasteners are used. If you want it to just pop together...basically without tools, you can only get all the joints together, but not tight. IMO, the mere fact that the parts slip together will allow some movement.

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