A basic headboard

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Project by Hersh328 posted 05-05-2009 09:52 PM 2857 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a piece requested by my wife, and it was a convenient way to use up some red oak I had lying around the shop. The design was pretty simple, she gave me a clipping from a magazine and I copied as best I could from the photo. I’m not sure what style this is, can anyone help me out?

I used 3/4” boards for the frame and 1/4” oak veneered MDF for the panels. There’s also a 3/4” maple board at the bottom since it wouldn’t be seen. I face-glued two oak boards to make thicker posts, which I think gave a nice feeling of depth to the piece. I bought a piece of oak cornice moulding for the top but I hated it and ended up making my own with a simple cove bit. Joinery is pocket-hole thanks to my Kreg mini jig.

The finish is Minwax English Chestnut stain with 3 coats of Deft satin lacquer sprayed on.

All in all this was a fun and quick project, I kinda hope someone else in the family requests one.

-- Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur

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#1 posted 05-05-2009 10:20 PM

it looks sweet to me what’s so basic I would use it no probs well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 05-05-2009 11:24 PM

Looks like it will do the job. What kind of hardware did you use to connect to the mattress frame or does it just bolt on?

Oak always presents a problem of the visual affect a flat sawn grain has on the finished product and a dark stain only accentuates the situation. I think you could have been more aware of this when you picked and installed the wide panels to avoid the mismatch you ended with. It is often difficult to do with veneered pieces like this. Flat sawn panels with clean straight grain are available but often at twice the price. Sometimes you can sort through the stack to find a grain pattern that best suits the project. It may seem fussy but it makes a difference and you will be looking at that head board for a long time….. Well maybe not, as I tell my wife about colored bed sheets, “I can’s see them in the dark”. (-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 05-06-2009 01:58 AM

Les, the frame is indeed simply bolted onto the headboard, nothing fancy there. As for matching the panels, I would have liked a more straight grain, but I used what I had on hand at the time and despite the mismatch I’m happy with it. Every project is a learning experience….

-- Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur

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#4 posted 05-06-2009 06:42 AM

Sorry I don’t speak latin so it is not “profound” to me just ancient. Not knowing everyone’s experience in wood working I just try to provide some insight and points of experience. Glad you are happy with your work.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 05-06-2009 06:46 AM

A good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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