Maple headboard

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Project by John posted 10-06-2010 11:43 PM 1724 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Headboard is maple plywood with maple panel molding and a bulit up curved maple crown along the top. The pilasters are maple plywood sides with fluted solid maple faces and tops. The carvings were purchased. The stain was made from BLO, japan colors and mineral spirits. The headboard is hung on the wall with french cleats. New photos with new camera. Hope they look better than the previous photos

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#1 posted 10-07-2010 11:31 AM

The appliqu├ęs add a nice touch to the head board. It looks like the lighting is destorting the actual color of the staiin. Can you desribe the stain color?

-- Marc

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#2 posted 10-08-2010 12:38 AM

The stain color is white – kind of transparent white so you can see the grain and wood characteristics through the stain. I’ll try and get some detail photos of the pilasters and finials which might show the color better.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#3 posted 10-08-2010 05:37 AM

Nice work John, looks good

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 07:20 PM

How did you do the arched crown? Looks great

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 12:52 AM

that was an interesting job however somewhat time consuming. I made a template of the arch, then assembled some 4/4 poplar into a rough arch, then rough cut the arch on the bandsaw or jig saw, then routed to the template. Then I routed a profile on the edge of the poplar, Then I glued another layer of poplar to the first, then flush trimmed the second layer to the first, then routed the profile on the second layer etc. Total of 4 layers with only the two center layers having the profile as I recall. After one side was complete, I cut the other side the to follow the curve of the bottom on the bandsaw. I have done a subsequent similar project and it is easier to use stock thicker than 3/4” because that leaves more of a lip for the bearing to follow on the edge profile bit.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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