good stock lumber to use for bed rails?
What would people recommend for (relatively) available and inexpensive bedrails? I am generally putting a skirt over them and/or painting them so aesthetics are not an enormous factor (though obviously they shouldn't be warped or scratchy or hairy) -- the main factor is the ability to span the length of a bed and also support a live body or two.
Generally I'd be using either a cleat on the inside with boards across; alternatively I'd have a platform of plywood screwed down through the ply into the rail. And bedbolts countersunk into the headboard and footboard. I'm doing twin or full only in this fashion.
Is a 5/4 x 4 enough? And structurally how would pine/cedar/fir stack up (not really fir, I think, but douglas fir)
Most rails I have on older or purchased beds are a bit deeper but not as deep as an Xby6". (and the deeper the rail, the less you can store under the bed!) :)