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Project by Chris Davis posted 2609 days ago 2360 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a headboard in black lacquer with sliding doors. This was a project that I built for somebody that payed their down payment, but ran into some problems and had to cancel the order. I kind of put it to the side for a couple months and decited to spray it with the bookcases I posted last.

It is built for a queen size bed. To cut the grooves for the doors tracks I kept the off-fall when I cut out the angle for the inside dividers. I used a daddo blade and set it up on a angle using the off-fall. The daddo was cut a little over a ¼” wide and a ¼” deep on the bottom. The top was about 3/8 deep. The deeper top allows the door to be removed by lifting it up and out of the track. 1/4” plywood was attached to the back of the door.

Tip for assembling soon to be painted items. Break all edges of all pieces before assembling them. This will eliminate the need to caulk the corners where two boards come together. If they are left sharp. When the paint or lacquer is applied it will partially cover or fill the seam but not all of it. This will give the appearance of a bad paint job. If the edge is broke over before the pieces are put together, when painted it will show a continuous line in the corner. This will be more pleasing to the eye, it saves time and looks better than a caulked corner. I thought that might help someone. I used to caulk the corners, which took lots of time and sometimes I wouldn’t get to smoothed out enough.

I tried to find some more picture during the building process. I usually post them and archive them on my “Current Projects” from my web site http://wwbeds.com. I guess I didn’t take any pictures.

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TomFran

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#1 posted 2609 days ago

Chris, Nice work. Very clean looking.

  • What kind of spray outfit do you use?
  • What is this project made out of?

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

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Napaman

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#2 posted 2609 days ago

looks great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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oscorner

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#3 posted 2609 days ago

Nice job. I think I understand what you are saying here:

Break all edges of all pieces before assembling them. This will eliminate the need to caulk the corners where two boards come together. If they are left sharp. When the paint or lacquer is applied it will partially cover or fill the seam but not all of it. This will give the appearance of a bad paint job. If the edge is broke over before the pieces are put together, when painted it will show a continuous line in the corner. This will be more pleasing to the eye, it saves time and looks better than a caulked corner.

Would you take some close ups showing the differences of the chaulked corner and the broken over corner?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Chris Davis

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#4 posted 2609 days ago

I’ll see if I have anything here that will show the differences. I still have both the bookcases and this headboard in black, but as you can see picture quality with black items are not very good. I’ll see if I have anything here in white. If I can’t find anything next time I spray a color I’ll make a sample and send you a picture. I may even try to blog on the technique soon.

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Dano

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#5 posted 2608 days ago

Chris,

I had a head board very similar to this one except it was blond wood color, not very attractive. I like this one much better, I really like the black lacquer! Thanks for sharing and bringing back memories.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 2608 days ago

Dano, you know what looks good if you end up with a finish that you don’t like? Just paint it a flat black and do some rub throughs on the edges to make it look warn.

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 2608 days ago

Nice looking headboard. You should be proud of it. jockmike

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

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Chris Davis

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#8 posted 2607 days ago

To respond to Osconer’ comment (the third post)about breaking the edges. Here is the best picture that I could come up with. I found an old piece that the edges were not broke before assembly. The thickness of the finish flowed over and connected with the finish on the adjacent edge. This filled in the crack only in spots. Creating this hit and miss. So you have gaps or holes in the corner. Caulking will fix that, but it the edges were broke over before it was assembled the finish would have tapered itself off and made the appearance of a even gap. I hope this picture helps. Sorry the picture is out of focus. White is anothor one of those hard to take pictures.
Bad corner

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