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Project by AandCstyle posted 04-18-2017 04:36 PM 981 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son wanted a headboard for a spare bedroom and this= is the design he chose, but he wanted the finish to match the night stands I did for him. I omitted the inlay because dark inlay would not have been visible and light inlay is virtually impossible to do on a piece that will be stained.

I made the 4” square legs by cutting stock for the 2 side pieces 4” wide (0.75” thick) and the opposite 2 sides were 2.5” wide. Then I cut the corners off at 45* to hide the joints. I also cut grooves in the pieces and added splines to hold everything in the proper place until the glue set. The leg caps are two pieces cut to the octagonal shape and glued together. I used 2 dowel pins in each one to hold the caps in place. The legs are attached to the rails with floating tenons.

The panels are solid wood and are held between the rails by loose splines so the panels can expand and contract with humidity changes. I used 1/4” dowel pins to hold the spindles.

The finish is a combination of TransTint dyes with 2 coats of Target’s EM6000 sprayed on. I will be happy to answer any questions and thanks for looking.

-- Art





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EarlS

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#1 posted 04-18-2017 04:43 PM

I’d say you nailed it. Looks like something right out of the old Stickley catalog. Did he want a footboard too?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 04-18-2017 04:53 PM

Nice project. You’re an old hand at bedsets now! Love that dark finish.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 04-18-2017 05:18 PM

Thank you both. Earl, he decided against a foot board for now, but I can always make one if he changes his mind. :)

-- Art

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 04-18-2017 06:08 PM

Nice craftsmanship Art, I’d call it bed-azzling 8^)

You say you used floating tenons for the rail-headboard connection. Are they tightened with any hardware (i.e draw bolts) or just secured with the equivalence of pins?

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CampD

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#5 posted 04-18-2017 06:40 PM

Very nice Art, your ahead of me on a Bed frame, I’m getting sidetracked with smaller pieces.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 04-18-2017 06:55 PM

Hi Art,
That is one awesome head board …
A tip on doing a light inlay on a stained piece, Yeah it’s tough, but it can be done with some practice … Stain the piece as normal, before the finish, rout the inlay negative and using a caliper check the depth and thickness of the inlay … install the glue making the top of the inlay a hair proud and cover with wax paper then place a platen and lots of weight. (I use gallon jugs filled with sand or clamps).
No sanding here to make it fit, that will screw up the stain … play with that on some scrap wood.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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AandCstyle

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#7 posted 04-18-2017 06:56 PM

Hey Splint, I always look forward to your witticisms. :) I only used TB3 in good fitting mortises.

Doug, I would rather make smaller pieces. I could hardly carry this and it had to be glued up on site because it was too big to fit in my truck without taking the cap off.

-- Art

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AandCstyle

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#8 posted 04-18-2017 07:00 PM

Mike, now you tell me. haha I will try this next time, but using a router on a mostly finished piece is scary.

-- Art

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 04-18-2017 07:28 PM

Ok, I was thinking the bed rails (head board to foot board). Gluing those on would make moving a bit tedious!

You are referring to the top/bottom rails on the HB joining to the legs (I assume/hope 8^)

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AandCstyle

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#10 posted 04-18-2017 07:31 PM

Splint, yes, the head board rails to the legs. There aren’t any side rails because it is a Purple mattress on one of their platforms.

-- Art

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 04-18-2017 07:40 PM

As always Art well done. Very clean.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 04-18-2017 08:17 PM

Great job Art!
What was the dye combination you used?

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AandCstyle

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#13 posted 04-18-2017 08:23 PM

Thank you, Clammy. I used Dark Walnut:Reddish Brown:water in the ratio of 1:1:29.

-- Art

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Alongiron

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#14 posted 04-18-2017 09:09 PM

I have a question…”How come your so damn good at your projects? I am going to have to step up my game man! :)

Great job my friend, I have figure out how to start spaying my projects. Keep up the good work!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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AandCstyle

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#15 posted 04-18-2017 09:20 PM

Steve, thank you! Just remember that poor pic taking ability can hide a multitude of woodworking sins. :D

Spraying is easy. All you need is a compressor, a fan and a spray gun. Then practice with water on sheets of cardboard. I also liked Jeff Jewitt’s book Spray Finishing.

-- Art

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