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  1. No that sounds terrible after reading it aloud to myself haha. The legs will at least be attached to the headboard. There has to be a solid way to permanently join the footboard to the 1" thick leg. There just has to be!
  2. Barron, I have been thinking that I will go to a thicker stock for the rail. The frame design is so that the legs are the same thickness as the rails. I posted a picture above. Everything I have read says that the tenon length should be a minimum of 5 times the tenon width. So I suppose a tenon into a 1" or 1 1/4" stock isn't an option. Originally I thought I would join the footboard to the legs permanently. It's hard determining the best path! My newest idea is abandoning the idea of permanently fixing the footboard to feet joint and installing the same mortised bracket hardware that I will be installing on the side rails. We shall see.
  3. Thank you all for the input and food for thought. Fingers crossed I can succeed and when I do, I'll certainly post a picture
  4. Tom, I will be using hardware for the side rails so that they will come apart easily. I'm referring to the permanent joinery of the footboard to the legs. Are you saying that the tenon would be too small for any of the joints? wtnhighlander, love the idea of hiding a peg in the hardware mortise but it will be too far from the tenon joint.
  5. The legs will be permanently attached to the footboard. The rail fasteners will be mortised into the legs and side rails. I would like to avoid a through tenon as I like the aesthetic of a clean look to the outside of the leg. Is it your opinion that standard mortise and tenon and glue could do the trick? I would prefer that but was wondering if adding a draw bolt or something as an extra precaution would be necessary. If it’s not needed I would love to avoid it! I’ve seen some demonstrations of draw bolts installed in a way that draws them through the mortise and tenon. Would this be an option for such a thin tenon? Another scenario I wondered about would be a single tenon on the lower half of the footboard combined with a draw bolt on the upper half of the footboard. Is that crazy talk? Lots of ideas but would love to hear that m&t with glue would be enough. thank you again!
  6. Wow! Thank you for the kind and quick response. Hopefully this helps. Also, the leg is about 15" tall.
  7. Hi. I will be attempting to build a queen size bed frame out of solid maple. I am designing the bed frame based off of one that I saw and have dreamed of ever since! The footboard legs of the bed are only 1" deep and will be attached to a footboard that is 4.5" wide. I would like to stick with mortise and tenon for the footboard to legs joinery but am concerned it would be too short of a tenon. My thought is that I would construct it with two stub tenons that are each a 1/2" long. Leg dimensions are 5 inches wide by 1 inch thick. Foot board rails 4 1/2 inches wide. Should I have two m&t joints? One? Also, is it necessary for it to be reinforced with a bolt or some sort of hardware. The small width of the leg is limiting those options as far as I can tell. Any input would be greatly appreciated.