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Fabrication Instructions for
Short Height OP Loftbeds

Here are some detailed instructions on how to fabricate the pieces that will make up your Short Heigth OP Loftbed. Since only minimal woodworking skills and tools are required, almost anyone can build the entire bed in about 10 hours.

Click on the pictures below to see larger versions.

Tools Required: Circular saw, drill, drill bits, tape measure, pencil, combination square, screw driver, 9/16" wrench, adjustable wrench, chisel, wood glue, and clamps.

Do not forget safety equipment: Safety glasses, gloves, and ear plugs.

Optional tools: These will simplify construction: drill press, miter saw, table saw (not shown).

Step 1 - Measure and cut all pieces. Most of the individual measurements are on pages 4 and 5 of the purchased plans.

Measure and mark pieces for saw cuts (always double check all measurements against plans). Remember: "Measure twice, cut once!"

Make sure all cuts are right angles (use combination square).
Cutting with a miter saw will insure all cuts are at right angles.
If you do not have access to a miter saw, a circular saw will do the job. A hand saw will work, but it may take forever.

Step 2 - Measure and mark locations for drilling holes. Most of the individual measurements are on pages 4 and 5 of the purchased plans. Always double check all measurement against plans.

Using a drill press will insure that all holes are at right angles.
If you do not have access to a drill press, a hand drill will work. Try to make the holes as close to right angles as possible. (This will make assembly easier.)

Step 3 - Make the miter cuts on the ends of the mattress support pieces. Set the circular saw (or table saw) blade to 45 degrees.

Step 4 - Cut the inside notch on the mattress support pieces. The photos here illustrate how the plywood will rest in this notch.

Circular Saw Method of Cutting Notch

Set the circular saw blade depth of cut to 3/4" for cutting out the 3/4" x 3/4" notch.

If available also set a rip guide to a distance of 3/4" from the blade.

Rip the mattress support on the wide side of the board. Note: This photo shows a short piece of 2x6 being used. It is a good idea to test your saw set up on a scrap piece of lumber before making the cuts on your final mattress support piece.

Rip the mattress support on the narrow side of the board. (Be sure that the board is held securely for this step.)

Remove the wood from the 3/4" notch. Save this picece of wood to use on top of the the OP Loftbed Guardrail Side Table.

Table Saw Method of Cutting Notch

Set the table saw blade depth of cut to 3/4" for cutting out the 3/4" x 3/4" notch.

Set the rip fence to a distance of 3/4" from the blade.

Rip the mattress support on the wide side of the board.

Rip the mattress support on the narrow side of the board.

Step 5 - Assemble the Legs

Use a 1/8" drill bit to predrill the pilot holes in the 2x4 leg piece. Use the 1/8" diameter holes in the 2x6 leg pieces as a guide.

Remove the 2x6 board that you used as a guide and finish drilling the pilot holes in the 2x4 piece.
Apply a bead of wood glue on the leg pieces before assembling.
Assemble the leg pieces with #10 x 3 1/2" long wood screws.

The left and right legs should look like mirror images of each other when properly assembled.

Step 6 - Assemble and match drill the diagonal braces

Apply a bead of glue on the diagonal braces before assembling.

Make sure the overall dimension matches the plans before assembling the two pieces of each diagonal support. Also remember that mirror images will be needed, so half of your diagonal braces will be opposite of the other half.
Use a 1/8" drill bit to predrill the pilot holes in the diagonal brace
pieces.
Only drill part of the way into the bottom piece.

Assemble the two pieces together with (6) #8 x 2" flat head philips wood
screws.

Temporarily assemble the bed and make sure that the angles between the legs and mattress supports are square.
While keeping the leg and mattress support square to one another, place the diagonal brace in position and match drill the 7/16" diameter hole from the leg to the diagonal brace. Note that there are three different holes in the legs for adjusting the height of the mattress support. In this photo, we have the mattress support in the highest position, therefore we are using the uppermost hole in the leg for match drilling into the diagonal brace.
Attach the diagonal brace to the leg with a 3/8-16 x 3-3/4" bolt,
washers and wingnut.

Recheck to make sure the leg and mattress support are square to one another, then match drill the 7/16" diameter hole from the mattress support to the diagonal brace.

Safety note: Don't place your hand behind the diagonal brace for support or you may accidently drill through your hand.

Finish by attaching the diagonal brace to the mattress support with a 3/8-16 x 3-3/4" bolt, washers and wingnut.

Step 7 - Assemble the center mattress support.

To make the center mattress supports, glue the center pieces together and draw them together with #8 x 2" flat head phillips wood screws.

To complete the center mattress supports, attach the end pieces with 4 #10 x 3-1/2" flat head phillips wood screws.

Step 8 - Assemble the shelf.

To make the shelf, attach each of the two side pieces with #10 x 3-1/2" flat head phillips wood screws.

Attach the top and bottom of the shelves with #8 x 2" flat head phillips wood screws.
Depending on your personal preference, the shelves can have any shape that you choose. (Angled and Square Cut shown.)

If you have further questions about fabricating the pieces of your OP Loftbed, email them to support@oploftbed.com, or use our convenient email form.

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