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Old 12-20-2009, 12:58 PM   #21
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Default Re: Any uses for metal bedframes in the garage?

I used some to make bars over the window in my garage, spaced far enough so no one could squeeze between them.
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:40 PM   #22
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Default Re: Any uses for metal bedframes in the garage?

Engine dolly. Wheels too. They roll crappy (kinda like a bed) but free is free and I'm not moving engines often. Pretty much one frame equals one dolly. Wheels are somewhat interchangeable if one breaks on ya, or just pop them all out.
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:40 PM   #23
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Default Re: Any uses for metal bedframes in the garage?

I've used old bed frames and cheap casters to make mobile bases for saws, tables, whatever in the garage.
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:56 PM   #24
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Default Re: Any uses for metal bedframes in the garage?

I use them for my Brew Tables! They make a great edge for the tables I make.

You gotta be careful though, some of the frames are bowed. People get rowdy on them things!

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Old 12-20-2009, 03:53 PM   #25
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Default Re: Any uses for metal bedframes in the garage?

I have used a bed frame as a sheet metal brake to bend inner panels for my old chevy. I just clamped them to my deck rail and slid the sheet metal in between them, worked fine. ok so it's kind of red neck. Carlg
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:45 PM   #26
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Default Re: Any uses for metal bedframes in the garage?

I used some to make a stand for my gas tank in the back of my '33 truck, which seconds as a support for the (truck) bed front. It worked out well & the welding was fine. It was an old bed, if that has anything to do with the steel quality.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:00 PM   #27
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Way back when I was a kid I built a little Briggs and Straton powered go cart out of old bed frames. It was a bitch to cut and drill. The guy who welded it up for me, a pro, told me bed frames were smelted and rolled out of the lowest, cheapest grade of scrap and not suitable for much anything. That was at least 50 years ago and from the above posts it looks like nothing has changed.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:04 PM   #28
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The last top I chopped was on a three window 35 Chevy.I didn't have any metal so I used bed frames to cross support the inside of the cab.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:09 PM   #29
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In the early 80's I ended up with the metal from a bunch of 1940's hospital beds.

Here's the sand buggy built from head and footboards.
I sold it but it's still cruising the desert 25 years later.

The angle iron from the beds was tempered to nearly spring steel.
A hacksaw would barely touch it.

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Old 12-20-2009, 05:40 PM   #30
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I always save bed frames if possible. Heck its free angle iron! I hacked up a bunk bed frame and made it into a tire rack for my trailer, worked great. People sometimes laugh and say "that looks like a bunkbed" and I can honestly say "yes it is"
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:55 PM   #31
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I have never had a problem welding or drilling old bed rails. I have made BBQ out of them and smokers. And engine dolly's. As with all matels you have to drill at a slow speed. And I weld them with a 6011 rod
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:00 PM   #32
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Alot of old bed frames have more carbon in them then regular angle, thats way they dull bit's and mess up saw blades. It will flex and return to shape. The only use's I found for it is battery box's and it welds best with an old stick welder. Probally alot more use's though as stated such as cart's. It's free, but harder to work with. I was told used furniture stores will pay 25 dollars for them complete?
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:58 PM   #33
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Default Re: Any uses for metal bedframes in the garage?

Don't use them for any welding projects!There're kinda half ass spring steel and will crack at your weld.If you look at the end brackets you'll see the factory rivits them on.Angle iron isn't worth that much any ways so why bother!
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:54 PM   #34
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I must have some tough ones if they keep my fat ass off the ground everynight.
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:03 PM   #35
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I think that I will keep an eye out for one and then add a box spring and matress and put it in the corner of my shop then, the next time I get the boot, I won't have to go very far!
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:06 PM   #36
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Bed rails are like spring steel and shouldn't be used for any structural automotive stuff or chassis bracketry ever. Medium duty shelving supports etc. would be fine.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:11 AM   #37
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I had a "newer" (probably mid 90s stuff) bed frame that I used as braces and such. Cutting and drilling sucked. Then one day I needed a short 2" long angle bent at about 80 degrees instead of 90. I clamped a piece of bed rail in my vice and gave it a whack with the hammer and it BROKE!. I don't even keep the stuff around anymore, the quality is just too inconsistant. Gene
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:54 AM   #38
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Default Re: Any uses for metal bedframes in the garage?

I've used them on stock cars for non-structural details like battery boxes, fender supports, radiator mounting, etc. It always had welded well enough for my use.

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Old 12-21-2009, 07:59 AM   #39
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Excellent for structural, after all that's what they are...... Do a rockwell if you doubt the tensile strength. Weld with OA, difficult to drill holes in it, dulls a normal drill bit quickly.
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:50 AM   #40
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bed frames are bad ass! people throw away good frames! good peices to make carts, stands , shelves. jigs. etc. and sometimes u get good wheels!
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