Queen Maple Headboard

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Project by Minnersota posted 07-23-2009 10:02 PM 2604 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I consider my first “real” woodworking project. I started my tool collection about 4-5 years ago, but really hadn’t made anything other than a few shop jigs before this.

Basically, it’s a queen size headboard based on a (PlansNow) design that included a full bed frame. I didn’t know if I wanted to spend enough for the lumber to make the whole bed, considering my lack of experience.

Legs are 3” square, interior sections are rabbetted into a tongue and groove system and secured between the top header and center horizontal. A small chamfer on the edge of each panel gives a little depth for the lines.

Finish is Transtint Vintage Maple in a base of alcohol (But I learned a lot about finishing on this one!, with several “do-overs”). 3 Coats of Polyurethane finished it off.

I still see things I wish I would have done differently, but overall I’m happy with it as a beginner project.

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 11:11 PM

Looks great! I’m where you were . . . . been collecting tools and setting up shop for about 6 months. Making jigs and small honey do things but haven’t taken the leap yet. Thanks for the motivation. Good to know I’m not the only one with a bunch of money sitting in the garage/shop waiting for me to make something!! Now, off to get some lumber.

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#2 posted 07-23-2009 11:27 PM

Beautiful clean lines with good color and grain! Nice work!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 07-24-2009 02:13 AM

You would never know this is your first “real” woodworking project. Great Job. Looks like your
“do- overs “where well worth it. The finish looks great.

-- John @

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#4 posted 07-24-2009 03:22 AM

Very nice job. The wood is beautiful.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 07-24-2009 07:51 AM

cool headboard well done

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 07-24-2009 08:24 AM

Nice, clean work. Looks good!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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