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Do you think I can attach a 24"w x 60" lg headboard panel in between the posts using biscuits?  No real shear force acting on it.  I was also going to do the same with the headboard stringer and the foot board rail.  These will share the weight of the queen mattress with the side rails.

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Brian

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I wouldn't do it. Biscuits just don't get deep enough and have the surface area for a strong glue bond. What is the panel made of ? Solid wood will expand and contract across the width. Plywood might work if it was glued into a deep enough dado. Most headboard panels are joined with mortice and tenon joints.

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Your bed gets a lot of twisting force (especially if two adults are in the bed together...) so you need to account for those. It is not just downward force. Biscuits don't offer much structural strength so you need some additional reinforcement

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2 hours ago, wdwerker said:

Depending on the adults it could be up , down , sideways or a combination of forces all at once !

Experience speaking here!

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When I was an inexperienced woodworker I did something similar to what you are doing.  I didn't use biscuits, only had a pocket hole jig so I did 5 pocket holes on each side with some glue.  It has held up just fine over the years.  I will say that my back panel was made from 3/4" ply with some fancier wood over that.  

If I were to do it over again...I might try and do a stopped dado or sliding dovetail.

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