Step 1: How to begin.... What you need
1" board will make a stronger more sturdy bed so I recomend those. You will also need about 20 screws, and 3 or 4 hours of your time.
To make the fire finish you will also need a plumber's torch or any other gas torch but of course this is optional.
ONE MORE THING... REMEMBER TO TAKE ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS DURING WOOD WORKING
Step 2: Measuring and Measuring and then cutting
Mark the boards with a pencil on one side and measure the lenght and width of your mattress. You need to measure only one side, obiously the other side should be the same (unless is a weird non-square mattres)
Step 3: Cutting the first joints
This step is really easy to understand just by looking at the pictures so please go ahead and look at the sequence of pictures below.... you simply cannot miss.
Just remember two things:
VERY STRAIGHT CUTS
to have a TIGHT FIT you must cut just a little bit smaller than the width of the board (about 1/32" less than the width of the board)
When you put togeher the boards you will need to tap slightly with a hammer to make a good fit.
Step 4: This is the almost screw-less part of the instructable, the side board
You also need to leave about 2 to 3 inches from the top to fit the plancks and your mattress so that it will not slide while...sleeping.
Once again just look at the pictures and you will know exactly how to do it.... really easy. I don't think there's need to explain how to do the transverse plancks, is there? just make sure your 90� cuts are good enough
Step 5: The tricky legs....
First decide how tall you want your bed to be (in my case 23") and cut the pole, but take into consideration, the thickness of your mattress, the 6" of the board that will slide into the pole. AND ONCE AGAIN 90� cuts must be very well done!
You must cut a cross shape into the pole at 90� angles, the cuts must be as deep as the boards (6") so that they will slide all the way in, also the cuts must be a little bit smaller than the width of the boards to ensure a tight fit and no movement, you should be able to put them together tapping sligthly with a hammer.
Once more, just look at the pictures.... they are worth a thousand words.
Step 6: Check point...
At this point you can choose any kind of wood finishing procedure (barnish, ink, paint, etc) or you can continue and see the fire finishing method.
I should thank the author of one instructable from which I took the idea of making " fire finishing" of wood but honestly i do not remember which instructable was it and i can't find it anymore. Please if anyone finds it let me know so that I can give proper credit to the person who wrote it.
Step 7: Playing with fire
Take the plumbers torch (propane torch) and slightly burn the surface of the wood (between 3 to 5 seconds will be enough) constantly moving the torch to avoid total charcoal finish. Try it and you'll get the hang of it really quickly.
Once you are done with the whole surface you are DONE you have a new bed..... no wait.... just put the mattress on to and some clean sheets and now you are DONE.
enjoy your new puzzle bed that you can move around to any house easily.
All comments are welcome.