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are several types of frames. The most common and least expensive is called
Extended Frame is a different type of frame. It varies from the four-board
in that the two sides stick out about a foot past the topboard.
Four-board and five-board frame dimensions:
* Add an additional Board if you desire a headboard.
the two side boards or the top and bottom boards have a 1/2" rabbet. This
allows it to slide down over the deck boards. It creates a more stable
place for your mattress.
If working with hardwood or plywood cut even less on each pass.
You could just as well use a table saw or even a circular saw with a good guide.
Be sure your circular saw or table saw is adjusted square. Mine was slightly tilted and the joinery shows it. Use a good quality square to make your cuts. Measure twice, cut once, as usual.
Once you have cut the 4 or 5 boards and rabbeted the two side boards, you are ready to work on the decking.
I temporarily assembled mine on the floor by laying it out so I would know later where the pedestal riser should be laid out.
You can use the frame to measure, mark and make cuts
to the decking.
I had one guy tell me his frame was a little wobbly. Since these are simple butt joints there are several reasons a frame could be wobbly. One would be the floor the bed is sitting on is not flat.
Another possibility would be that the cuts at the board ends are not square. You have a few bad cuts and the errors will add up and it won't be a very tight project.
One possibility is not getting the screw holes lined up right resulting in looseness at each joint.
Yet another possibility would be using L-brackets or screws that are too small.
My bed came out very tight and basically immobile.
Be sure you do this before installing your waterbed mattress. It's too difficult later.