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I got an order from a friend of mine to make four sets of bed rails that would run cross ways across a bed that he made. The bed is made from old teepee poles and is a log frame bed. I don't have a picture of the completed bed, yet. But here are the pics of how I made the rails. He cut a piece of plywood to lay on the rails.

I started with 10 1/2" of 3/16X1 1/2" flat bar. Then cut a V in the end.

Then forged a set of rams horns on the notched end.

Then I heated the bar and rolled it around a 4" OD pipe so that it will hook over the side rails of the bed.

Then I welded the hooks to pieces of 1 1/2X 1 1/2 bed frame angle iron.

He spaced these down the length of the log bed and put 3/8" plywood over them. Then the foam pad and bed roll. I'll post a picture of the completed bed, as soon as I can. He was happy with the results. Looks like I may have more of these in the near future, because he called and said that he already has another order for one of his beds. :)

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It is amazing what one can find on forums that have a heavy element of historical camping. Someday I might purchase the paper copy.

The Prairie Traveler: The 1859 Handbook for Westbound Pioneers (Dover Value Editions) [Paperback]
Randolph B. Marcy (Author)
 Paperback: 256 pages
 Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged Republication edition (August 31, 2006)
 Language: English
 ISBN-10: 048645150X
 ISBN-13: 978-0486451503
 Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
 Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounce

This Folding Sea Captains Desk looks like fun too:


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