Introduction: Nail-less, Glue-less Almost Screw-less Fire Finished Bed
DO YOU MOVE A LOT FROM ONE HOUSE TO ANOTHER? you need nomad furniture and this bed is really good to move it around, just take it apart and put it together like a puzzle, No Nails, no screws. It is also really simple to make and looks very good.
Step 1: How to Begin.... What You Need
You need basic tools for carpentry and wood working, manual or powertools. This bed can be made using only a saw, a screw driver and a steady hand for straight cutting, you also need 3/4" or 1" x 6" x 10' boards and a pole 6" diameter. (How many boards you need or how long the pole, depends on how tall you want your bed to be. (standard height of a bed is about 2 feet) and the size of your mattress so you will have to do those calculations yourself..).
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
So, take your boards and put them beside your mattress to be sure you will have a perfect fit.
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
Really important!!!! make 90 degree cuts as precise as you can, If you do not do this at the end you will not have a strudy bed.
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 will need to attach a side board in the inside of the "square" you've just finished so take a 1" X 3" X (lenght of your mattress)' and screw it to the inside of your, almost finished, bed using 10 screws on each side. This board will be used to support the boards (plancks) that will hold your mattres, so it must be well screwed unless you want to fall through your bed in the middle of... the night.
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....
Now, THIS is the step that will decide how strong your bed is so.. be careful.
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...
By now your bed should look like the picture below..... If it doesn�t, you screw it very bad in one of the previous steps (that's why is named the "almost screw-less bed".
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
So, Now you need to take that little pyromaniac inside of you and let it out...
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.
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