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Bed Frames

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by thebronc4019, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. thebronc4019
    Joined: Oct 25, 2005
    Posts: 217

    from New Jersey

    Am I the only guy who uses bed frames for making stuff? Welding carts, braces, home made tools etc... I never throw out a bed frame. I keep a pile of them and always end up using them to build something temporary or permanent.
  2. And I thought I was the only one, there's a trash gypsy that comes around every Tuesday looking for scrap metal, I trade him my scrap for the bed frames he picks up, great stuff for all kinds of things.
  3. HemiRambler
    Joined: Aug 26, 2005
    Posts: 4,208


    I tried one once - the problem is that they are a really crappy alloy. Good for temporary bracing or stuff like that, but don't use them where any real loads are involved.
  4. PurHell
    Joined: Dec 17, 2004
    Posts: 375

    from So Cal

    My swing set never made it up when I was a kid.. Dad never got around to it... The ol'Man used it in more projects than I can count.. Hell.. later I used pieces of it in two bikes and a Car .... ha...

  5. I Drag
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 884

    I Drag

    Make lots out of them, and yes, they're crap steel. I make crap.
  6. my friend's NE2 car was nicknamed "the world's fastest bed frame"
  7. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 7,003


    I have used them in the past... but not anymore. Had a few items I made out of them crack near the weld, nothing really critical, but... they are HARD too, will dull a drill bit if you aren't careful. Mild steel angle is so cheap, I don't bother scavenging bedroom furniture anymore.
  8. rustyford40
    Joined: Nov 20, 2007
    Posts: 2,168

    from Mass Bay

    Don't use them for anything that takes any real weight . They act like high carbon steel . I used them under my wood bed.
  9. mj40's
    Joined: Dec 11, 2008
    Posts: 3,302


    x2 I found the same thing and usually shy away from drilling or welding on them.
  10. 64cheb
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 74


    Bed frames are nice, they make a great tool cart if you do not have roller boxes. Just throw them on and roll. I personally would not use a bed frame for really critical, like a go kart or mini bike.
  11. fastrnu
    Joined: Feb 26, 2009
    Posts: 739

    from shelton,wa

    i built the cab for my avatar from a 28 sedan cowl w/doors-bed frame and some sheet metal. The back window and B posts were from a A sedan and the floor was from a B.K playground that I tore down. (pre ball pit)

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  12. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,440

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    I have a piece of one holding the tranny up in my truck right now, while the engine is out for a freshening up.
  13. Johnny Gee
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 9,452

    Johnny Gee
    from Downey, Ca

    Needed one last piece of L shape for a trailer that I build. Used for the top rail of the drop down gate.
  14. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    .......I use them to make shelving in the I junk them out.....
  15. Most bed frame material is re-formed from railroad track. They heat it up and roll it through progressive dies to get the angle profile. Its stronger than similar size mild steel angle
    Same for T fence posts.

    No it doesn't weld well , that's why every one is riveted together
    a full lap or three face joint will hold just about anything you want

    I use it for all kinds of stuff.
    plasma straight edge is my favorite
  16. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,852


    Built a battery box for a T-Bucket I made in the 60's. It was cantilevered off of the frame, but I never had a problem with it in the 7 years I had the car. I did have to weld it to the frame, because it was too hard to drill.:D
  17. I got a heavy duty one for a engine stand/cart that I later.
  18. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,590


    I want to make a bed frame for my room out of an extra T frame, using torque tubes as the posts.

    A friend made bed stake sides for a beater trash truck from them, hard steel to drill through.
  19. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,843


    Interesting results.Think the steel quality issues would apply to bed frames from 40-50 years ago? I've used little pieces from old ones,and didn't notice any problems welding them.I thought 50 year old US steel angle would be better than new Chinese steel.More traditional,y'know?
  20. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 7,003


    I'd hate to roll over and hit my head on that post!!
  21. I'm building a go kart out of one. :D


  22. racemad55
    Joined: Dec 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,149


    Last edited: Jan 20, 2011
  23. Greg'Hel
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 213

    from Iowa

    Hahaha that's funny!^^^

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