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Project by miles125 posted 11-13-2007 04:18 PM 3054 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I messed around and bought a subscription to Cowboys & Indians magazine about a year ago. So i had to try my hand at Western motiff design in this king size headboard i made for a Christmas gift. I hope our REAL cowboy jocks don’t take offense at a city slicker venturing into their territory!

I bought the old pine door at a salvage yard for 20 bucks. Had to strip a century of paint off of it and add a little to its length. I drew the animal designs on tracing paper and cut them out with a razor blade to use as a stencil. The post and top caps i made out of salvaged pine, as well as the little diamond squares.

I really played around alot with the look i wanted for the finish. Ended up giving the whole thing a light hazing of the same off white laquer i used for the animals before i did the clear laquer topcoat. I sanded out most of the striping efect my spray gun left before sealing it up. Was trying to make it look like it wasn’t newly built and had somewhat of a built in history to it. I even did some motiffs on the post that i didn’t care for in the end so i sanded them back off. Look closely and you’ll see i didn’t get them all the way off. I kinda liked the look that said the bed had been tampered with and may have looked different in the past. Also seemed to marry the post to the old door in some weird way.

Maybe i got close, i think i’m always learning new ideas that’ll work better next time i try. Thats what makes woodworking so dang much fun!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"





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TomFran

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#1 posted 11-13-2007 04:29 PM

Miles, This is a great piece! I think you did an excellent job of doing the “cowboy” motiff!

You are really cranking out some projects lately!

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

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#2 posted 11-13-2007 04:41 PM

this is wonderful.
I especially love how you turned the “I didn’t get them all the way off” motifs into a design element. It definitely works. Nice

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Hawgnutz

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#3 posted 11-13-2007 05:06 PM

Nice job, Miles! Those old doors sure have some character to them. I just posted a project with old doors from early 1900’s and really understand stripping paint on them! I, too, left some of the old paint for added character.

Very nice for a “city slicker,” too! I think we all are cowboys at heart. Just wait for Thos to comment…. LOL

Way to go!
God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Dadoo

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#4 posted 11-13-2007 06:04 PM

Yippie-Ki-Yea! I think it’s great!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 11-13-2007 07:22 PM

By golly, Miles, I think you got it!! Those are exactly what all the folks are looking for right now. I think your finish is exceptional. A lot of the folks who are buying these pieces right now are in my age group( baby boomers). We grew up on Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Rex Allen, Etc. These pieces bring back that childhood love of the west and admiration we all felt for our heros. Make some more, they’ll sell like hotcakes. Real cowboys can’t afford any thing like this.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 07:40 PM

Perty good for an Alabama cowboy!

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#7 posted 11-13-2007 07:48 PM

That is a cool looking bed frame. Excellent workmanship and finish.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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miles125

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#8 posted 11-13-2007 09:25 PM

Thanks for the compliments everyone. Now i just gotta hope the lady friend i made it for don’t figure out my stuffs on lumberjocks.com and see her Christmas present!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 11-13-2007 09:27 PM

Well done Miles, interesting finish

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 11-13-2007 10:50 PM

Great job, Miles. I like this a lot.

Now I’m sure there is a joke in there somewhere about giving a lady friend a bed with horns on it, but since this is a family website, I won’t go there. :-)

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

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miles125

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#11 posted 11-13-2007 11:11 PM

Heehee…giddyup :-)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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mrtrim

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#12 posted 11-14-2007 12:07 AM

well i still watch GUNSMOKE reruns every day. granted thats not like breakin jerky round a brandin fire with thos but im still gonna say great job !

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#13 posted 11-14-2007 12:11 AM

if she guesses—- just tell her it is for your OTHER lady friend

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Thos. Angle

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#14 posted 11-14-2007 12:36 AM

By the way, real cowboys NEVER wear their spurs to bed.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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MsDebbieP

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#15 posted 11-14-2007 01:00 AM

and they shake their boots out before putting them back on their feet
well, that’s what the do in the movies anyway haha

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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