|Project by miles125||posted 11-13-2007 04:18 PM||3903 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
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"