when designing this i had a couple ideas in mind:
i wanted no hardware so it was easy to assemble and disassemble
and i wanted to make it out of simple materials like 2x4 and just a single sheet of 4x8 plywood
Illustrator for all the layouts for my cuts.
1 4x8 sheet of 3/4" plywood
1 3/4" dowel
compound miter saw
hand drill with 3/4" hole saw
drill press with 3/4" forstner bit
orbital and belt sander
all my wood working was done at TechShop San Jose
Step 1: Layout
I started with a rectangle the size of my mattress and a 4x8 rectangle
first i wanted to figure out how to cut my plywood into as few pieces as
possible to cover the area of my mattress.
Then I chose the placement of my 2x4s and the dowel holes to keep
the plywood from sliding around.
Step 2: 2x4s
Next I marked the placement of the dowel holes and the
notches for the cross halved joints.
Using the Drill press and a forstner bit I drilled out the dowel holes.
Then using a combination of the table router and table saw with
dado blades cut out the joint notches.
Step 3: 4x8 Plywood Sheet
4x8 plywood sheet. Then I marked the locations of the dowel holes and
drilled them out with a hand drill and a hole saw bit. Using the belt sander
I rounded the corners a bit. Then with the orbital sander I gave all three
sheets a good smoothing out.
Step 4: Cut Dowels
to cut it down to the sizes that I needed
Step 5: Assemble
making sure to have all the holes facing up.
then place the sheets over the 2x4s and place the dowels
in the holes.
and done... simple bed frame to elevate my mattress topper