Oak Headboard from reclaimed wood.

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Project by kjwoodworking posted 2522 days ago 4210 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a headboard I made for my wife. The post are solid Oak 4 ¾ x 4 ¾ x 7’ tall. Again money was tight so I used what I had. The headboard is actually a piece of ¾ ply with ¼ inch oak ply sliced up into 3 ½ inch wide pieces and glued together. I used the back side of the ¼ ply that had a lot of knots and I used a dremel tool to dig out the wood down into the ¾ ply under it to give the illusion of it being a solid board. The dental molding was made with a cheap dove tail jig screwed to a 2×6 pine board. I used a ¾ inch radius bit and kept sliding the board down until I had enough done. I then took it and the top board on the headboard and filled a little two man boat with water and soaked them clamped sandwiched in a board cut to the same radius. I would tighten the clamp slowly over two days I think, until it was done. I was new I didn’t have a clue about steamers. Anyway I stained it with red Mahogany and top coated with poly. I wish I never used the poly and sprayed with satin lacquer instead. Practically all the wood used for the moldings came from pallets and the posts were used wood also.

-- Kirk H. --

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#1 posted 2522 days ago

(picture me wide-eyed and mouth open) yah.. that’s my response! Amazing

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#2 posted 2522 days ago

Way to go, Kirk. You’re reclaim ingenuity is great. Nice job.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#4 posted 2522 days ago

”I wish I never used the poly and sprayed with satin lacquer instead.” – Kirk

When it comes to large furniture projects like this, lacquer works pretty well.

Nice work on this bed!

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

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#5 posted 2522 days ago

I admire somebody who really can turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse. Great job!

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

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#6 posted 2522 days ago

This is very inventive and professional work. Nice job! I’ll bet the wife is proud.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 2522 days ago

Oustanding results, I’d never imagined the humble origins of the materials. You do a great job.

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#8 posted 2521 days ago

I like the fluting. This came out quite nice!

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

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#9 posted 2428 days ago

Love color and the fact it is reclaimed.Well done.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 2428 days ago

Very well done. I like the recycling efforts I see around here.

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#11 posted 2426 days ago

Thanks everyone for looking and the nice comments. I enjoy woodworking and especially with old used wood that looks more like it should be burned than used for a furniture project. It takes more time to get all the nails out and prep the old wood ofcourse, but it’s worth it when you see the final results.

-- Kirk H. --

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#12 posted 2343 days ago

You don’t often see oak colored richly like this KJ, I’ve hated working with oak for years because of all the bland examples out there. Your dark rich finish is making me rethink all that old oak I have in the shop! Very nice thanks for the look!

-- -Sleff

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#13 posted 2342 days ago


This is a very nice project. It is just unbelivable that this was made in large part with recycled material. You are a talented woodworker to produce a project that is as gorgeous as this.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 1618 days ago

I’m blown away, to think it is all reclaimed wood !
I will now eye every pallet wondering what can be made out of it….

-- Don't complain about growing old, it's a priviledge denied many...

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#15 posted 1618 days ago

Beautiful headboard.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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