This futon plan lets you choose from different arm styles! Build either Mission-style armrests or a rounded, more contemporary style. Sized to fit a full-size futon mattress. Futon bed hardware sold separately.
This plan uses roller hardware that is inexpensive, durable and easy to use. It includes a pattern for creating a jig to make the routing easy (routing is required to install the roller hardware). The roller kit and fastener kit together include all the parts needed to assemble plan 37761. The Roller Kit (38437) is available separately for use on your own design.
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Using the hardware groove template can workPosted August 29, 2014
Windows 7 and windows 8 have a 'snipping tool' - you can find it in your machine by search.
Bring up the PDF file of the Futon and go to the page with the hardware groove template. Use the snipping tool to cut out one of the two cuts. Save the cut image to your desktop as 'futon 1' so you can easily find it. Go to the 'futon 1.jpg' file and double click and it should open in photo gallery. Then print the image to your printer (besure to unclick the box that says 'Fit picture to frame'). Take the printed image and measure the actual size of one square - it should be close to 1 inch. If you made the clip to a very small area the square may be more than an inch in size. The actual measurement (hopefully less than 1 inch) will give you the ratio of the under size of your template. Change this ratio to a percentage of under size to use in the final step.
Most if not all printer software has and enlargement feature. My Brother Laser Printer has it under Printer Properties/Preferences/Advanced/Scaling -- in the scaling enlarge the printed picture by a certain percentage and print.
You should have a template with 1 inch squares that actually measure 1 inch.
Also - I built the Futon with construction grade yellow pine. In the lumber yard look for the 10 or 12 inch wide boards that are cut from the center of the tree. After you rip cut out the center 2-4 inches of the board you will have 2 quarter sawed boards that are very stable and strong. Set them aside in your shop for 2-3 weeks to stabilize and then use for the Futon.
Many comments about finding the 1"...Posted June 15, 2011
I made this futon for my...Posted December 22, 2008