|Project by Brent12||posted 03-23-2015 03:06 PM||674 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
My father in law gave us the headboard and frame from his childhood bed when my oldest grew out of his toddler bed. When we got bunkbeds for our boys, I asked him if he would like the headboard back as a keepsake. He said not to worry about it. Well that wasnt going to work for me. Little backstory on him….He is a great man, who served our country with honor for 22 years and retired as a First Seargent. I thought itwould be neat to turn it into a storage bench that kind of had a footlocker feel to it. I figured he could keep his Army keepsakes in it. I put it together with pocket screws, and made the box bottom out of hardware cloth. I spent a long time researching the proper regulations for the size of the guidon and the letters and numbers and then scaled it down perfectly. I carved the headboard with a dremel over about 30+ hours, and then made my wife paint the carvings with paint i found to match the proper colors. Couple of coats of satin polyacrilic capped off a very long and tedious build for a man that deserves even more. It was the project that fueled my desire to start learning wood working over the last two years. It wasnt perfect, and I learned a lot but I am not sure I will ever make anything again that will make a gruff old Army Vet cry like this did.