Wood Futon Frame Plans

One minute it's a relaxing sofa. The next, it's a comfortable bed. Either way; our sturdy oak frame supports its fluffy mattress in the greatest of style. Build one for an extra bedroom, the family room, or that college-bound scholar. You'll find that the futon gets lots of use, and that you'll be praised as the skilled craftsman who made it.

Building Wooden Futon

5/ie" hole, centered

Futon Screw Bolts

3/4" slots 3/4" deep

How Build Futon Frame Plans

75"

5/ie" hanger bolt 2" long

5/ie" lag screws 1W long (require a 7M" pilot hole 1V* deep , into (F))

Vj 1 x1 x 2V2" angle iron 5/i6" hanger bolt 2" lone

Note: We built our frame around a 54x75" full-size futon mattress. If you select a different size mattress, you'll need to adjust the frame dimensions accordingly.

75"

  • EXPLODED VIEW
  • x 13/4" tenon %" long

O TENON & ANGLE IRON DETAIL

5/ie" hanger bolt 2" long

5/ie" hole, centered

5/ie" lag screws 1W long (require a 7M" pilot hole 1V* deep , into (F))

Vj 1 x1 x 2V2" angle iron 5/i6" hanger bolt 2" lone

3/4" slots 3/4" deep

Note: We built our frame around a 54x75" full-size futon mattress. If you select a different size mattress, you'll need to adjust the frame dimensions accordingly.

Building Futon Bed

Let's start with the slots and mortises in the legs

1T0 form the 1'/¿"-thick legs (A) shown on Drawing 1, above, cut eight pieces of 3/4"-thick stock to the size listed in the Materials List plus Vs" in width and Va" in length. (Because 1 '/¿"-thick oak is hard to find, we laminated two pieces of stock to form each 1 '/¿"-thick piece.)

2 Using double-faced tape, adhere the two 3/4" pieces that will be used for the inside piece of each front leg together face-to-face. Repeat for the two 3/4M pieces that will be used for the inside piece of each rear leg.

3Chuck a 3/4" bit (we used a Forstner) into your drill press. Drill a 3/4" hole through both pieces at each of the three centerpoints on the

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After drilling three %" holes through both rear Inside leg pieces at each centerpoint, cut the slot to shape.

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Glue and clamp each end frame together. Immediately wipe off excess glue with a damp cloth.

  • x 1 %" mortise, cut before laminating the two s/V'-thick pieces to form each leg
  • quot; holes used in forming slot (See Drawing 6 for location.)
Futon Frame Mission Style Drawings
  • x 1 Va" mortise 3A" deep
  • x 31/2" mortise deep

FRONT VIEW

2"

3'A" SIDE VIEW

L-shaped slot, where marked on Drawings 2 and 6. Drill a pair of 3A" holes to hog-out stock for the mortises in the front and rear leg inside pieces.

4 Pry the inside rear-leg pieces apart, and remove the tape. Using a straightedge, mark lines from hole to hole to form the slot and mortise outlines on both pieces. Repeat the process on the front pieces.

5Using a jigsaw, cut the L-shaped slots and mortises in the rear-leg pieces to shape, as shown in Photo A. Cut the mortises in the front-leg pieces.

6Using the same 3A" dowel stock you'll glue in place in the backrest uprights (G) later, check the fit of the dowel in the slot in each piece. (We had to sand our slots slightly for the dowel to slide back and forth easily.)

7 With the edges and ends flush, glue and clamp the front leg pieces for each leg face-to-face. Glue up the back legs, keeping in mind you need a matching pair of front and rear legs. (It's easy to end up with two right-hand or two left-hand legs for the front or back.)

FRONT VIEW

8Now trim an equal amount off both ends of each leg (A) for a 20'A" finished length. Cut or plane an equal amount off both edges of each leg for a 31/4" finished width.

Let's machine the inside edges of the legs

1 Using Drawings 2 and 6, mark the mortise and groove locations on the inside edge of each leg. Hold the legs together face-to-face, and use a square to verify that the mortises align.

2 Use your drill press, fence, and a Forstner bit centered over the joint line to drill 3A" holes 3A" deep to remove most of the stock from each marked mortise. Use a chisel to square the mortise corners.

Cut the remaining end-frame pieces

1T0 form the l1/:"-thick bottom and top rails (B, C), shown on Drawings 3 and 3a, cut 3/4"-thick stock to the sizes listed in the Materials List plus W in width and 'A" in length.

2"

3'A" SIDE VIEW

After drilling three %" holes through both rear Inside leg pieces at each centerpoint, cut the slot to shape.

Glue and clamp each end frame together. Immediately wipe off excess glue with a damp cloth.

  • x 1 %" mortise, cut before laminating the two s/V'-thick pieces to form each leg
  • x 1 Va" mortise 3A" deep

5/i6" groove 3/s" deep centered on edge; groove at mortises

  • x 31/2" mortise deep
  • quot; slot cut in %" stock before laminating
  • quot; holes used in forming slot (See Drawing 6 for location.)

Inside edge of armrest© is flush with inside face of leg (§).

Trim end pieces of wainscoting for fit between the legs.

of(D overhang legs 21/V' on each end.

*5/W' groove 3/e" deep, centered on

3/4" slot 3/4" deep, cut before laminating the two 3/4M-thick pieces to form each leg

3/4" slot 3/4" deep, cut before laminating the two %"-thick pieces to form the bottom rail

3/4 x 31/2" mortise W deep

Inside face

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Joint line

1 Va"

*5/i6" groove IW deep, centered along bottom edge

Wainscoting

  • 5/i6" groove %" deep, centered along top edge
  • x 1%" mortise, cut before laminating the two %"-thick pieces to form each leg
  • x 1 Va" mortise %" deep

Joint line

Wainscoting

  • 5/i6" groove %" deep, centered along top edge
  • Note: Groove width is determined by thickness of wainscoting. Measure your wainscoting thickness before cutting groove.
  • 5/W' groove 3/e" deep, centered on
  • x 1 Va" tenon %" long

1 Va"

3/4" slot 3/4" deep, cut before laminating the two 3/4M-thick pieces to form each leg

*5/i6" groove IW deep, centered along bottom edge

3/4" slot 3/4" deep, cut before laminating the two %"-thick pieces to form the bottom rail

% x 1%" mortise, cut before laminating the two %"-thick pieces to form each leg

B END FRAME

Inside edge of armrest© is flush with inside face of leg (§).

Trim end pieces of wainscoting for fit between the legs.

of(D overhang legs 21/V' on each end.

3/4 x 31/2" mortise W deep

Inside face

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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