2018 BED BUILDING WORKSHOP

WHEN:
 

Friday, April 20: 9am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm & Friday, April 27: 9am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm
A maximum of three (3) teams can be accommodated per time slot.
Email Kindal at kindal@soundchecknashville.com to reserve your spot!

WHERE:

Soundcheck - 750 Cowan Street - at the Backstage Custom Cases building

WHO:

 

Construction coaches on site to consult and assist!
These folks have generously donated their time, tools, workshop and most importantly, expertise! Please arrive prepared with all materials needed.

INFO:
 

 

NO beds constructed at the workshop can be left on site.
Each team is responsible for transporting their bed home after the workshop is over. Teams are also responsible for removing their “racing bed” from Bridgestone Plaza after the Race is over. Please make arrangements for pick up and removal in advance.


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING

FRAME

 

 

 

 

 

 

METAL BED RAILS OR PVC PIPE (NO ALUMINUM)
Suggest: Goodwill Industries in Berry Hill or at Re-Store on 8th Avenue

or

WOODEN BED FRAME (HEAD BOARD, FOOT BOARD, ETC.)
We recommend a twin bed (36” x 75”), but up to a queen bed (60” x 80”) is allowed.
Suggest: Goodwill Industries and the Re-Store on 8th also have numerous wooden bed frames available includes headboard, footboard and two sides.

Visit Thrift Stores, Flea Markets, Consignment Shops, Craigslist, and Next Door. Bring whatever you can find.

 

wheels

WHEELS OR TIRES (MINIMUM OF 4 TIRES - 10" IN DIAMETER FOR SAFETY PURPOSES)
Suggest: Harbor Freight at 2300 Lebanon Pike. Two swivel wheels with attached castor for front of bed (and optimum steering) and/or two regular wheels for back of bed. (You can also use just four regular wheels.)

or

BICYCLE WHEELS (MINIMUM OF 4 TIRES)
Suggest: Halcycon Bike Shop at 2802 12th Avenue S.; 615-730-9344 (see Kevin).
V
isit their “wheels” graveyard for bike wheels approximately $10 eac

 

CONDUIT

 

 

 

 

 

FOR ATTACHING PUSH BARS TO BED FRAMES WITH HEAD & FOOT BOARDS:
bring enough metal or PVC conduit (11⁄2 - 2” around) high enough and long enough to attach to each side.

or

FOR ATTACHING PUSH BARS TO METAL BED RAILS:
bring enough metal conduit to construct pushing devices for both front and back of the bed.

*Metal and PVC conduit available at Home Depot or Lowe's. Push bars cannot extend further than 12” per side.
There will be NO WELDING capability available at the bed building workshop.

 

MATTRESS

WE RECOMMEND TWIN MATTRESSES FOR SPEED AND EASE OF TRANSPORT TO/FROM RACE
Email kindal@soundchecknashville.com, if you require a source for a free mattress

 

OTHER

 

 

 

 

 

PIT CREW SUGGESTS BRINGING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
(or you can wait to share them during the workshop)

Power tools: drills and drill bits or screwdrivers
Extension cords
Paint, brushes and drop sheets (if planning to paint your bed)
Any scrap metal or angle iron metal
Extra hardware (such as nuts, bolts, screws etc.) will be provided

scrap wood will be provided for free; however, any if you need a sheet of plywood, it will need to be purchased on site


BED DESIGN

  • All bed and team costs are borne by entrants
  • Beds must be no smaller than a twin bed (36” x 75”) and no larger than a queen (60” x 80”) and must include a mattress and four (10”) wheels that make contact with the ground
  • For safety purposes, wheels must be a minimum of 10” in diameter
  • Mattresses (pads/straw do not qualify) can be water or air but must fit the frame and be inflated during the race
  • It is recommended that the bed frame or box spring sit a minimum of 10” off the ground – not including mattress
  • No motors or mechanical means of motion are permitted
  • Push bars and steering devices are allowed but must be designed for safety; no sharp or jagged edges allowed. Push bars cannot extend further than 12” beyond the bed frame
  • Braking devices are recommended but not mandatory
  • There will be NO WELDING capabilities provided at the workshop