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I want to make a bed rail to help prevent my grandson from rolling out of bed when he stays over at our house. I need to make a piece that slips under the mattress and turns 90 deg up to hold the railing across the side of the bed.

What would be the best joint to use on this 90 deg angle that would be strong enough to support this type of use?

Would box joints have enough strength for this? Probably with 3/4" pine?

Anyone done anything similar?
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Glued box joints would be plenty strong. It doesn't need to support his weight, just the roll-over factor. If it were me I'd make the "L" narrow on the under-mattress side and screw it to a thin piece of plywood (?1/4"?), perhaps 12"-16" wide, to ensure his weight was on the horizontal part before his body pressed outward on the side. Then his own body weight will help hold it in place.

I wouldn't finish the under-bed part, as I'd want it to remain rough to avoid being slippery.

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Hi Trent

I would suggest thought type dovetail joint. it's a lock joint so to speak once it assemble almost impossible to bend over with all the mass of the dovetails..also you don't need to glue them up, with a 3/16" to 1/4" dowel pin down the center of the dovetails ,it's locked and you can pull the pin out to put it away for some other day..

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I want to make a bed rail to help prevent my grandson from rolling out of bed when he stays over at our house. I need to make a piece that slips under the mattress and turns 90 deg up to hold the railing across the side of the bed.

What would be the best joint to use on this 90 deg angle that would be strong enough to support this type of use?

Would box joints have enough strength for this? Probably with 3/4" pine?

Anyone done anything similar?



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I like your idea, BJ!

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I like the idea of the dovetail joints also but I have no experience with them or any jigs for creating them so i think I will have to go with box joints for now and maybe improve on it in the future when I have more experience (and tools) to do it with.

If for any reason it seems too weak I can always add a third corner for the extra strength.

Thanks guys.
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