Cherry Headboard

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This is a cherry headboard made for our bed. I did it in a mission style, but added a decorative panel in the center.

The panel is bookmatched spalted Red Birch. Another piece I aquired and dragged around in my travels until I could use it.


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#1 posted 09-03-2007 12:22 AM

Very nice. I like the contrast of the spalted Red Birch. What did you use for a finish?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 09-03-2007 12:42 AM


I finished it with Minwax Polycrylic. I prefer to clearcoat my work, and let the wood speak for itself. I dislike staining wood. If I want a different color, I’ll use different wood.


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#3 posted 09-03-2007 01:50 AM

Great statement: If I want a different color, I’ll use different wood.

I’m with you. The curly cherry is not too shabby either.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 09-03-2007 02:24 AM

Very pretty headboard. Beautiful wood.

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

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#5 posted 09-03-2007 02:24 AM

Nice project; I agree with your sentiments about coloring wood. I understand why some folks do it, but I’m with you.

-- Gary, Florida

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 09-03-2007 06:59 AM

Beautiful wood.

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#7 posted 09-03-2007 01:48 PM

Gorgeous looking wood and well done piece. 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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#8 posted 09-03-2007 08:56 PM

Hey Handi !! interesting name or is that your handle ?

Nice looking headboard !!

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

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#9 posted 09-03-2007 10:40 PM

Excellent…and I really like how you incorporated the spalted birch panel in the center. Gives the piece real character.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 09-04-2007 12:48 AM

beautiful bookmatch and finish. Very nice work, love the style!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 09-04-2007 01:11 AM

Hi Handi;

I can’t let this go without some sort of wise crack.


Okay, now I feel better, glad to get that off my chest!

Regarding the headboard, you did a wonderful job, and the choice of lumber is great, in spite of your choice of words! LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 09-04-2007 01:57 AM

Ok Lee, the proper term would have been “Missionary”! Time to crawl up out of the gutter! But my wife had to come outside to see what I was laughing so hard at! :)

Dan, the “Handi” is a name I’ve been using online for some years. I have a daughter with a walking disability and used to adapt and modify handicapped equipment for folks. The moniker just sort of stuck.

Thanks all for the nice comments.



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#13 posted 09-04-2007 01:32 PM

Great head board. I hope my wife does not see it or I’ll have to explain why I have not made her one yet.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#14 posted 09-04-2007 03:08 PM

Beautiful, Ralph! The center panel is what really takes it to the next level for me.

I agree with you about staining. Being from the deep south where pine is so prevalent, I grew up with the notion that every project needs to be stained if you want it to look different. Then I started experimenting with different woods, and I discovered that NOT staining has so many advantages! Now I have quite a few partial cans of stain gathering dust on the shelf.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 09-06-2007 01:24 AM

Panel in the middle is exceptional. Cool display of beautiful wood.

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