This is going to be a very long drawn out instructable I'm hopefully going to be able to explain this well enough that anyone can do it. I will go into more detail than I normally do and if you have a little woodworking experience you will be fine. This is a queen size bed frame for under 200 dollars. It turned out really nice. It took me a total of about 12 hours including stain dry time.
(15) 2x4 (8foot)
(16) 1x4 (8foot)
(6) 1x8 (8foot)
(4) 1x8 (6foot)
Basic hand tools
Step 1: Making Your Frame(s)
For a queen size bed I needed to make it 77 1/4 inches long and 5 ft wide.
I'm making it 28 inches tall so it is same height as my nightstands. So my mattress covers 7 3/4 inches so I will need to cover 20 1/4 inches with wood. This does not include using a box springs.
So obviously you will need to move this so I made it in two parts.
So you will make two identical 2x4 frames 2.5 feet wide and 77 1/4 long
First cut your (4) outside rails at 77 1/4 long
Then cut all your upright blocks (16) at 16 3/4 long
Then cut your inside blocks (24) at 27 inches long
When framing always make nice bold marks and using a crow foot/ swoop whatever you want to call it so you know which side to cut of your line. Always always leave your line barely so you never cut to short. It's better to cut twice than cut once too short.
Get all these cut and then assemble your two frames as shown in the pictures. You will space the upright blocks along the outer rails so your screws will all align when you screw your 1x8 on the side. So basically your upright blocks will serve as backing to the outside paneling of the bed
For the upright blocks you will toenail them into your 2x4 side rails.
Save all your cut offs because you will use these to add support to your upright blocks on the inside of the frame
I used 1 3/4 inch deck screws for the framing portion. Screws are always stronger than nails even if you have a framing gun.
Use your speed square as much as possible keeping your framing square and flush on your joints/connections. Also use your speed square when cutting. Line it on the edge of your saw so you get a straight cut every time