|Project by JD13||posted 12-28-2014 07:57 PM||914 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
My son needed some fun space around his bed to charge his iPhone and set Kleenex and stuff, so I made him this headboard for Xmas. I measured the height so his pillow rested right against the folding door but so his mattress would not slip under it – he’s tall and needs all the foot room he can get. I built in an outlet where he can plug in his phone but still have the plug close enough to use it while it’s charging. The pull down door hides the cord as it runs out the bottom to where an outlet is located. I just stripped an old short extension cord and wired it to the headboard outlet and then just plug it into the wall outlet. The pull down door has a neat push-button that sits flush when locked but acts as a handle – got it from Rockler. Pricey at $14. My son doesn’t like the “country look” of typical red oak, so I followed Bob Flexner’s advice and filled in the pores with wood filler to help make the stain look more uniform and more like cherry or something. It’s darker than I wanted, so I learned a lesson there on staining. The headboard had to be custom fit to the space between the wall and window, so it’s not standard. I coped out the bottom to fit around existing baseboard so I wouldn’t have to remove anything. It’s held to the wall with one big screw into a stud. All finish is General Finishes. Black Cherry stain, Enduro-Var top coated (4 coats).
-- JD from Elk Grove