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The Benefits of the Circular Saw
When creating your DIY project the circular saw can be versatile and will make your project go much more smoothly. It will also save you a substantial amount of time and give you sharp, precise lines. A circular show is a must if you are a contractor and if you do a lot of DIY projects around the home, you should seriously consider getting one if you have not already. You can use it to accomplish simple tasks or even projects that require major construction. It also does not take up much space so if you have limited room, and it is an ideal tool to have. You also do not need to be an expert to use one.
A circular saw can cut through many different kinds of materials and is not limited to just wood. It can be used to cut through everything from metal to masonry, but you will need to choose the right saw blade for the job.
It is the go-to tool for building furniture since building furniture requires quite a bit of cutting, and some pieces can be quite thick so other tools, such as a jigsaw, will not work as well. Building your own furniture is a great hobby and is much less expensive than buying a piece of furniture. You can also customize it any way that you want and there is no other piece like it.
Building Your Own Bed Frame
A bed frame is a great project to complete in a day, or if you are new to the carpentry scene, it also makes for a great beginner project as well. A custom bed frame is not as complicated as you may expect and you can modify the pattern to fit your size of mattress. This project will fit a standard king-size mattress. In order to get the kind of results that you seek and to have the least-frustrating journey along the way, you will need the right tools for the job.
For this project you will need:
- 7 1/4″ circular saw
- Vibratory saw or 1″ wood chisel and hammer
- tape measure
- drill and bits
- chalk gun
- framing square
- 15-gauge finish nailer and small air compressor
Don’t forget your safety equipment!
- work gloves
- safety glasses
- dust mask
You will also need materials:
- 1/4″ sheathing sheets
- paintable caulk
- #8×11/4″ wood screws
- #8×2″ wood screws
- 3/4″ plywood sheet
- 3″x14″ antique furniture legs
- Type II wood glue
- semi-gloss paint
- base mould or similar trim
- untreated 4x4x4′
Get Ready to Begin
Once you have gathered all of your necessary materials, tools, and safety equipment, you are ready to begin. You will want to start by cutting all of your panels. It is always best to make sequential cuts so that the process is easier if you are working solo. Use a fresh blade for nice clean cuts and use a cutting guide.
Assemble your frame
Once you get all of your panels cut you can assemble your pieces. You will need to use wood glue and screws to secure the panels together at the corners. You will have to drill three pilot holes into each of the panels and then use your screws to assemble the four pieces. You should use a total of twelve screws. Get your four pieces joined, and then you can install the four gussets to the bottom of teh frame corners. Use your wood glue and three wood screws on every side and make sure that the screws are flush with the wood. You should use a total of 24 screws for this step.
Install the corners
You will need to cut the 4×4 into four 11-1/2″-pieces. You will need to notch out the 4×4 board so that it can wrap around the frame corner and it will need to be flush at the bottom. It will also need to protrude 11 1/2″ over the top of the frame. To do this, you will have to make the cut-out with a 10″ line 2″ in on the two adjacent sides. Make sure that your saw blade is set to 2″ in depth and make two 10″-long cuts.
Then you are ready to make the two (perpendicular) cuts with the same saw depth. It should be 10″ from the end. You should have a small piece of wood that connects the cut-out corner and the drop. Use your vibrating saw or chisel to remove the final wood and make sure that the inside corner is clean. Now, all that you need to do is cut the back of the 1 1/2″ top at a 45-degree angle and glue the interior faces of the corner and nail to the bed frame.
Add your cross slats
Now you are ready to install the two plywood ledger strips to the bottom of the bed frame sides. Use wood glue to install 1-1/4″ screws 6″ through the face of the ledger into the side panel. The distance between the bed frame sides should be 6’5″. Cut seven 2x4s to this length and then install the cross slats 12″ on center using one screw into the ledger on each end.
Add the finishing touches
Now you are all ready to add the legs. You will be able to screw in legs into the gussets that you created earlier by simply threading them into the holes. You can now paint it or stain it to the color of your choice.
You can add eight trim pieces between the corner posts and caulk the joints, or you can pass this step if you have a box spring mattress. You will need to caulk all of the joints and nail holes with a painter’s caulk and let dry for about 30 minutes. Cut two 1/4″ sheathing pieces to be placed over the 2×4 cross bars.
Don’t forget to have fun with your project. You can add detailing and get creative with paint or go for a more traditional look. It is entirely up to you. The main thing is to take your time, follow the steps closely, and measure before you cut.
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