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Project by GaryK posted 2619 days ago 5264 views 8 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a trip to Europe I got hooked on a lot of the medieval buildings. I thought that I would make a headboard to match my mood.

The inner and outer arches are 8/4 honduran mahogany, and the lower solid field is 4/4 solid. The detail work is made from about 40 peices doweled for strength, and a LOT of hand carving. All the joints are splines or half laps and doweled.

This took about a month of evenings and weekends. The finish is a water based dye and poly.

Eventually I plan on making a footboard to match.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2619 days ago

oh my goodness!!! I really like this.
Brilliant. Well done!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Don

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#2 posted 2619 days ago

Wow – this is terrific!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Karson

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#3 posted 2619 days ago

Great headboard. . Just fantastic.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Greg3G

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#4 posted 2619 days ago

Outstanding work. Great ballance and beautiful finish.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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TomFran

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#5 posted 2619 days ago

Beautiful project! I think I could get hooked on that medieval style too. Very nice finish also.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Bob Babcock

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#6 posted 2619 days ago

You do beautiful work Gary.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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oscorner

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#7 posted 2619 days ago

I see that you put that 1000 sq.ft. shop to good use. Another excellent job. Very beautiful. Now, get started on that foot board. ;^) Is that the first dollar you ever made on the right side of the head board? It’s awful big!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 2618 days ago

Wow! That’s cool!

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Karson

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#9 posted 2618 days ago

First get started on our Summer Contest.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scottb

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#10 posted 2618 days ago

Fantastic tribute to what you saw abroad. Great headboard!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#11 posted 2618 days ago

I felt the same way stationed in GERmany, it’s like everywhere you look you see history. The archetecture the stores just everything. I was stationed in Fulda and they had a tower in the middle of town next to a church, that they used to burn whiches in. Quite amazing the history you come upon.The church there had a glass case full of bones of St. James, St. Paul and on and on. It does change you somehow. And the people there really take it for granted. When I was there there was still SS walking the street, and they made no bones about it. Shaved heads and SS on their lapels. They looked at you with disdain and contempt. That was in 1971 so there were many still alive and well. They hated Americans and made no bones about it. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dan'um Style

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#12 posted 2601 days ago

i’m in awe !! great work and design !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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mot

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#13 posted 2598 days ago

Gary, that’s just fantastic. I’m glad this one came back around.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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GaryK

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#14 posted 2502 days ago

Now I’m looking to make a footboard to match it.

Gary

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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PanamaJack

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#15 posted 2501 days ago

I cannot think of any way to describe this, other that how it has already been stated so far. Just an outstanding piece of artwork in woodwork Gary. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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