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Offline AKNeil

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New to Festool and I am making a Queen size bed frame. I just purchased a DF 500 and I am wondering if the connectors will be strong enough to use on the side rails to attach to the legs. Want to be able to break down to move. I know the XL DF 700 would probably be the preferred connectors of choice.
« Last Edit: November 15, 2018, 10:30 AM by AKNeil »

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Offline Gregor

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Re: Domino DF 500 - is the connectors strong enough for bed frame
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2018, 04:43 AM »
I personally wouldn't use the 8mm ones for a bedframe, but I have a 700 XL and dislike flimsy bed frame constructions (as I prefer waterbeds that have higher requirements regarding structural load than a normal mattress has).

On the other hand many off-the-shelve bed frames these days are just made with sides from some <20mm vertical sheets (with a 1x2 screded to them to accept the slatted frame), attached to the legs with 2-3 normal dowels and 1-2 similar sized (to the festool 8mm) and cheapest possible fasteners... So it might work, would be a good idea to test it with some (big enough, to get a good lever to simulate 'use') pieces of scrap.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Domino DF 500 - is the connectors strong enough for bed frame
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2018, 06:02 AM »
I built a king bed frame and headboard using the 700 connectors. Each corner had one connector and one solid Domino. The bed was built for a young couple with a very active 3 year old boy who uses the bed for a trampoline. The bed is still rock solid after more than a year.

I have the 500 connectors but would absolutely not use them for a bed frame. I’m not a structural engineer, but I do have a good eye for what works. I don’t think the 500 connectors have the beef to resist the stresses a bed frame receives.
Birdhunter

Offline nvalinski

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Re: Domino DF 500 - is the connectors strong enough for bed frame
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2018, 08:12 AM »
I just got myself the 500 connectors, not something I'd use for a bedframe. I do highly recommend bed rail fasteners, even easier to knock down than a bolted connection and totally concealed. There are rail fasteners for a center rail as well for larger beds.

Offline AKNeil

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Re: Domino DF 500 - is the connectors strong enough for bed frame
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2018, 09:29 PM »
Thank you for the insight.