Headboard for the heck of it

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Project by Bob Costello posted 02-07-2009 05:50 PM 1633 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this headboard as a skill builder. Turned out more of an inventory of the skills I need or improper techniques I use! I know it’s not a difficult project, but I have been messing with home improvement/”box building” for 25 years and now that I am retired I am UNlearning all the wrong but expedient ways I taught myself over the years. Learning from books, Lumberjocks, the internet, Sketchup and DOING. The best part is the DOING. I must say, Sketchup is wonderful in making you think a project through before beginning so you make furniture and not firewood. I most need to learn (1) patience, and, (2) 1/16” is NOT “close enough”.

Since this was a painted piece, it was made of clear pine for the frame and 1/4” vinyl beadboard panels. The finials are actually bun feet with the bottoms (now the tops) cut off. My wife liked these more than the true finials I bought for the posts. Actually, she liked it without finials but I thought it looked unfinished. (After 39 years you’d think I’d know better . . . “yes dear”.)

These days if I’m not in the shop (garage), I’m lurking on Lumberjocks or deep in Sketchup confusion!

-- Bob Costello

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#1 posted 02-07-2009 06:24 PM

“(After 39 years you’d think I’d know better . . . “yes dear”.)”

I don’t know…42 years next month and I still try to do it my way. Just last week I was designing a new front door…very proud of myself I was, until I showed the Sketchup design to her. Sigh!!

Good looking head board, which reminds me, I gotta get off of this computer and go back to staining mine (another of those “yes dears”...why did I think it looked better unstained).

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 02:09 AM

Nice headboard. Thanks for sharing.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 03-16-2009 02:17 AM

I’m not fancy on applied mouldings but I like the bed

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 10-01-2011 11:15 PM

I built several headboards a while back, for a local time share facility who wanted 6 that all looked alike. Easy project since I didn’t have to stain or finish them.
I really like your bedboard, it has class.


-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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