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Domino for bed headboard?

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Is it good practice to use dominos for head and footboard construction. I am joining 1x6 boards into 3x3 posts. Do you think using dominos alone is strong enough?

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I used the 10x50s to build this bed.  The XL would be better for bed construction but I'm fairly confident in its strength...it came out rock solid.  This particular one is a double for my little boy, so it shouldn't take much abuse for quite a few years.  If I were building a queen or bigger for "active" adults, I'd want to use the XL for sure.

 

 

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Agree with Eric..  Getting a bigger domino would be a bit better but, the 500 will give you good strength.

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I just finished a twin and used the Domino 500 for the headboard and footboard. I made my on "dominos" because I wanted to go wider than the standard sizes. Seems very solid, and for peace of mind I pinned each tenon. If you are using 4/4 for the rails, you can only get so thick with the tenons and I don't think the extra length buys you all that much.

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I just built a twin bed for my 2 year old and used dominos. I used the xl with 12x70 mm dominos (that i cut from long domino stock) and the thing us bulletproof. An "active" couple would not break these joints. Im sure the 10mm dominos with the df500 would be sufficient.

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Curiosity on my part...will you be using only the floating tenons (Domino's)? Meaning, one end in the 1x6, the other in the 3x3?

 

Eric, gorgeous bed...

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On a more serious note. The head and foot of the bed doesnt have an joints except the rail connection that get an stress. It's not like a table apron that need thought out joints. Anything to add strength to the butt joints is likely plenty.

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I would seriously consider adding a 8/4 (1 1/2" to 1 3/4" thick) crosspiece to the top and bottom of the headboard and footboard, using 10mm dominos in those connections. The 1x6 boards won't be under near as much stress then .

If you look at Eric's picture there are thicker cherry crosspieces and a maple panel.

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