Make an easy bed base using lumber cut and fastened into slats. This process takes a couple of hours. You need lumber, a drill, bolts, screws, a circular saw, sandpaper, a screwdriver, stain, wood oil, a paint brush and rags.
- Cut the lumber
Cut several pieces of lumber. You need four pieces of lumber the width of your bed minus 3 inches, with two using 2-by-10 lumber, and the other two using 2-by-6 lumber. Cut three pieces the width of your bed using 1-by-6 lumber. Then, cut two pieces of 2-by-10 lumber the length of your bed minus 6 inches and two pieces of 2-by-6 lumber the length of your bed.
- Sand and stain the lumber
Sand and stain all the lumber. Allow the lumber to dry before continuing with the project.
- Attach the frame
Lay the two longest 2-by-10 boards on the floor, and overlap these with the long 2-by-6 boards. The longer boards should overlap the shorter boards beneath them by 3 inches on the sides and 1 1/2 inches on each end. Attach them using screws and bolts. Repeat this process using the shorter 2-by-10 and 2-by-6 boards. Combine the assemblies, and fasten them together.
- Add the slats
Lay the slats in the frame, and attach them with screws and bolts.
- Oil the base
Rub the base with oil, and let it dry.