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    Bed makers connections

    what is your prefernce for attaching the aprons to the head and foot boards? and being sturdy enough to with stand the riggers that a bed goes threw in its life span.?
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    If the rails are end grain, drill holes and insert the dowels for he screws to bite into. Otherwise they will fail. If it a natural finished wood, drill blind holes from that backside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    what is your prefernce for attaching the aprons to the head and foot boards? and being sturdy enough to with stand the riggers that a bed goes threw in its life span.?
    Larry I can't say about the best way to attaching aprons, but I would just say no to any riggers getting in the bed.

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    Larry
    When I used to make bed frames we used a cast Iron brackets that when put together they would work themselves tighter and tighter with use. It is what was used in the good old days. You can find them from one source in Ozark Missouri that carries reproduction hardware. The name of the place was Scott, Becker hardware. Will try to find the phone # for you.

    It was the best hardware I ever used and I had a lot of good feed back on them.
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    Larry I found this link its item #118
    item #119 is also a cast iron bracket and will work also
    These are much better than the stamped steel brackets and well worth the higher price

    These have alway been good folks to deal with also.
    Jay

    forgot to add the link http://www.scotbeckhdw.com/sbhwdpg40.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    Larry
    When I used to make bed frames we used a cast Iron brackets that when put together they would work themselves tighter and tighter with use. It is what was used in the good old days. You can find them from one source in Ozark Missouri that carries reproduction hardware. The name of the place was Scott, Becker hardware. Will try to find the phone # for you.

    It was the best hardware I ever used and I had a lot of good feed back on them.
    Jay
    Jay

    Is this what you were talking about? http://www.paxtonhardware.com/produc...dept=424&grp=1

    It is not the same company, but...

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    Bill yes thats it you cant beat them
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    Thanks Jay, I saved the link to Scott Beck.

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    IMHO, bed bolts are the only way to go, you can tighten them as you need.

    The brackets like Jeff showed have not done well no our bed, the bed is now loose, and I did everything right, I did put cross dowels in for the endgrain, I used big nasty screws etc, but, as Larry says "sturdy enough to with stand the riggers that a bed goes threw in its life span" this is the problem, and no, I'm not "Rigger" But still, a bed gets slept on daily, and the bed bolts are the way to go, if I ever make another bed, I'll be using bed bolts
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    Stuart
    If you have never used these cast Iron bracket you don't know what you are missing. You are right about the ones that Jeff shows they are Junk (sorry Jeff I'm really not trying to be mean )

    Bed bolt are better than the stamped steel brackets but not as good as properly installed cast iron bracket.

    You will not need to go back and adjust these bracket as the normal movement of a couple will cause them to set tighter with each rocking monition. they just get tighter and tighter and tighter BUT can still be taken apart quit easily.

    If you look close at the cast iron brackets you will see they are made like wedges that pull the two parts closer together the more you push down on them.

    Jay

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