Frame question

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Frame question

Postby Keith.B.Nimble » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:15 pm

The plan for the Generic Benroy is a 5 x 8. 5' inside would fit a full queen size mattress. So why cut the 2" on the frame? Why not just make the spars 2" longer and have the full 5' interior?

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Postby parnold » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:24 pm

If you're building on a 5x8 trailer, the walls might then rub against the wheels?

I know my 4' wide does not have room for 4' 4" wide box.
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Postby Keith.B.Nimble » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:34 pm

I figured that may be the reason why, I just needed to verify. Would it be just as easy to cut the axle and extend it 2"? I REALLY want a full queen size mattress.

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Postby parnold » Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:56 pm

Cutting axles and lengthening is not an easy feat.

You will find that because there is no "edge" to the mattress, you actually get more room out of a mattress in the tear. In the middle of a room, you often stay away from the "edge" of the mattress so as not to fall off. Can't do that in a tear.

Seems like a lot of trouble to go through to get an extra few inches out of your mattress.

On the other hand.. there is a common saying here.. "build what you want".
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Postby asianflava » Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:06 pm

Mine is 60 inches inside, actually 60 1/8in inside. It's because I used 5X5 baltic birch, I only cut the sheets on 2 sides to insure that the sides would be parallel. If you are making a custom frame, you can specify the width of your axles.

You can also add a custom axle to a pre-made frame. It's the long way to do it but you can do it. The axle is most of the cost (wheels & tires are the rest) you may as well get a custom frame made at that point.
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