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kevind 01-11-2011 01:18 PM

Problem assembling bed frame
 
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Noob question here. My wife bought this bed frame off craigslist for our toddler, and I noticed something strange about the hardware. The frame is connected via surface mounted keyhole bed rail brackets (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=5783&rrt=1), but it looks like two of the four are installed the wrong way (see pics--only the headboard posts are shown, but the footboard posts are similar). Isn't the narrow part supposed to be on the bottom? I couldn't figure out if this was on purpose and I was just missing something. Can anyone tell me if this is the way they're supposed to be installed, or should I swap them to be in the correct direction?

Jackofall1 01-11-2011 01:22 PM

Well I think you are right, looks like the bracket is mounted incorrectly.

Hope there are (2) like that on opposite sides.

WirelessG 01-11-2011 01:57 PM

They are not installed wrong, but the wrong part is on two of your posts. The lugs in the right and left posts are identical, but they should be opposite hand. In other words, when installed correctly, the narrow part should point towards the floor and outstanding legs should point left on one side and right on the other.

If you have a drill press and a die grinder, you can make your own parts. If not, try googling them, or a local fabricator can make them, but they will likely want $50.

kevind 01-11-2011 02:56 PM

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Originally Posted by WirelessG (Post 567833)
They are not installed wrong, but the wrong part is on two of your posts. The lugs in the right and left posts are identical, but they should be opposite hand. In other words, when installed correctly, the narrow part should point towards the floor and outstanding legs should point left on one side and right on the other.

Yep, you're right. All four are the same, and it doesn't look like I can just run down to Home Depot to get the two correct ones. Ugh.

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Originally Posted by WirelessG (Post 567833)
If you have a drill press and a die grinder, you can make your own parts. If not, try googling them, or a local fabricator can make them, but they will likely want $50.

Well, I don't really have the tools or skill to make them myself. I suppose I can either pay someone to make them, or buy all new ones from the link in my OP.

Jackofall1 01-11-2011 02:59 PM

If you are not particular on how it looks, you could turn it over and move the screw holes back to maintain the same centerline as it is on now.

DexterII 01-11-2011 03:05 PM

You are correct regarding the orientation of the brackets, and Wireless is correct that the two brackets shown do not go together, but since the foot posts are not shown, before ordering or reworking anything, take all of them off, lay them out the way that they should be, and see what you have. It looks like someone took them off for whatever reason, and didn't pay attention when they put them back on, so assuming they are all the same size, maybe you do have a complete set, just out of order.

DexterII 01-11-2011 03:10 PM

Sorry; I missed that they are all identical, so forget what I said.

kevind 01-24-2011 12:58 PM

Thanks for the help everyone. I found the hardware on woodcraft.com for $12, swapped it out, and the frame works great.

Jackofall1 01-24-2011 12:59 PM

Congrats, another job well done!


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