@IanHemphill , @PaulRoxwell Thanks for the remarks — I’ll check. One problem with softwood is you cant tighten the screws too much, the head just eats into the wood. I’m going to try what Ian suggested as well as look at options to get a tighter fit.
@selva: I didn’t have the squeak problem with either one of the ones I built. Are you using a full 1″ board for the slats? I’m thinking the standard 1x from the local big box store may not be strong enough as they are only 3/4″. I used a planned down 2x so I got the full 1″. You might add another support in the middle instead of the one if your going to use thinner material.
BTW, I wouldn’t give your sitting friend anymore of that wine. He looks a little looped… 🙂
I’ll be starting another one soon..
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
@sandy 5/4 cedar decking was used for the slats, so its 1″ thick. But you are right, it does seem to flex more than a similar sized spruce would. I’ve reattached the slats with some glue in addition to screws and that has stopped the creaking for now.
The cocktail with my “buddy” was a test (not dry 🙂 run. This one is going to be a surprise gift to my nephew who recently bought a house — thanks to Paul and the awesome support group here.