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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 899 days ago 4545 reads 1 time favorited 129 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut Headboard Build

A quick project that is needed but is also a nice mental diversion from the daily grind. Material pulled from inventory is (very) rough cut ‘wormy walnut’ sapwood that isn’t good for much, but is something around 5/4 thick and is long enough (and wide enough) to do the job before me.

Using this for the rails, top and bottom. I’ll joint one edge, work up the face, then rip the piece before deciding on what to do with any design element. Here’s the cambered #5 ‘in action’:

Traversed the face with the #5, then diagonally each direction, before hitting it with the #8 and #4 planes to get it in ready-for-finish shape. Did an angle cut on the table saw, dressed up with #8 jointer, for visual interest on the top stile, then hit the long edges / corners with the Stanley #28 cornering tool.

Here’s how it sits so far.

Stiles will be jointed with mortice and tenon to the rails that I cut out of thick walnut that really only had three good sides (which is perfect for a headboard that’s going against a wall!). I’ll draw-bore just for fun, but not before cutting some dados for some T&G panels (boards) inside the opening. A simple build, but one my son is looking forward to having in his room so his pillow quits slipping off the end of his bed…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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Brit

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#1 posted 899 days ago

Very nice Smitty. Nothing worse than loosing your pillow. :-) Nice to see the hand tools getting a workout.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Danpaddles

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#2 posted 899 days ago

That’s gonna look as cool as the other side of the pillow!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 899 days ago

Truly a problem everyone can identify with! Thanks, fellas.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 899 days ago

Those are some great pictures, and the headboard is looking good.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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chopnhack

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#5 posted 899 days ago

That can opener cornering tool is pretty cool. I have never seen it before! Are you going to be staining the pieces to get them to be a closer match? I have never done any drawboring, but know what it is and think it is really cool, very good use on a bed piece. Keep posting your progress!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 899 days ago

@Chopn – Not sure at this point what the finish will be, have to decide first on the material that will be inside the panel frame. If it’s more sapwood I find, maybe stain only on the stiles (so the match the posts, and the panel will stay lighter). I really haven’t decided…

The #28 and #29 cornering tools are fun, but also frustrating. Grain direction dictates how they’re pulled, and if it changes at all, there’s splintering if you’re not careful. So what has started as a 1/16” radius for me has gone to 1/8” quickly.

EDIT: And I guess I should get my son’s input as to finish, too. He’s the one that’ll be living with it… :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#7 posted 899 days ago

Nice progress Smitty. Looking forward to seeing it complete.

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Dave

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#8 posted 898 days ago

Smitty that’s a wonderful project and your son will benefit from your labor. If I don’t get my shop meditation the week will not fair so well. I do enjoy the wormy walnut. It is not so easy to fit it into a project. You have done well and I am interested in seeing the outcome. A detailed blog to.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 898 days ago

Shane / Super – me too (seeing it done)! Trying to come up with something differnt on the panel build, we’ll see what I end up trying. Gotta decide material and will go from there.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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lysdexic

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#10 posted 898 days ago

It will be interesting to see what you material you choose for the panel. Walnut is the easiest choice unless you want accentuate the lighter colors of the sap wood. If that is the case then you may find some darker poplar with brown streaking. I’ve found poplar with great brown colors at Lowes. That may be too busy visually. If you wanted to split the difference, an intermediate brown would work. From the looks of your picks, I’d stay away from the reds of maple, cherry etc.

Just rambling….

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Don W

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#11 posted 898 days ago

great project. You always come up with some interesting wood.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Dave

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#12 posted 898 days ago

Smitty do you have anything spalted? Just a thought.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 898 days ago

I do, but they’re blocks I think. Now I’m going to ponder spalted…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Dave

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#14 posted 898 days ago

sorry dude

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 898 days ago

Talked with my son, showed him the progress. He wants me to resaw the last piece of sapwood and make panel boards out of it. Bandsaw can handle 5” (that’d be extreme), board is just shy of 8” wide. Hand resawing? Urgh, this is RG territory. ;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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