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Antique Kingsize Headboard

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Project by Tom Landon posted 1912 days ago 1782 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In most cases if a decorator or customer searches long and hard enough they will find the perfect antique bedroom set. What they will not find is a matching King Size headboard.

It then becomes the woodworkers job to create one such I’m showing here.

What I did was to take a headboard and matching footboard from the set and salvage the edge moldings, feet, and carvings. Then I laid out the pieces into the basic size and shape I needed to somewhat match the original. Using those acquired dimensions I’d glue up a new 3/4in blank for the field, cut it to shape and edge it. The lower part which would be hidden by the bed was for structural purposes and made from whatever happened to be extra in the lumber rack at the time. The moldings were then cut and mitered to make a new frame and follow the lines of the new blank. The feet from the footboard were incorporated into the base. Last thing was to mount the carving

The antique dealer we did this for had his own finisher so what you see is what he got back. Headboards like this were almost always mounted directly to the wall and the bed frame placed on the floor in front of it.

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1912 days ago

Nice work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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motthunter

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#2 posted 1912 days ago

great work. Nice headboard

-- making sawdust....

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 1910 days ago

A very nice job of remodeling an old bed.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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tinnman65

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#4 posted 1910 days ago

Nice job Tom, How much trouble did you have removing the carvings from the original without doing damage? They look very delicate.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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