Platform Shoes for an old headboard's feet.

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Project by jack1 posted 10-28-2010 05:49 AM 2449 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to raise the height of a cherry headboard for a friends sister. It needed to be about 6” higher because the new bed was one of the taller types popular today. After a lot of thought, I decided to use a “red” doug fir 4×6 to get the height and thickness. Unfortunately it took 4 weeks of drying to get the wood down to an acceptable moisture level in my shop. I then milled 4 17” pieces to 2 11/16 square widths. I finished the piece with Min Wax Cherry stain and Varithane satin. How to attach was next. I wanted to be sure that in the future if someone wanted to go back to a shorter bed, they could take it apart without having to contend with glued pieces. I decided to through drill a 3/8” hole that centered on the outside foot on each side so that I could connect the pieces with a 3/8×8” SPAX lag. I counter sank the hole so that the hex head was up inside the new foot. I also used 4 – 2 1/2” pocket screws on each end of each foot to help anchor and stabilize the new foot. The whole thing tightened up solid! The feet will be hidden by bed skirting and I expect the wood to mellow with age so as to blend in better.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 06:22 AM

looks good…

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 01:45 PM

The conversion looks nice! And good thinking about making it so it can be removed if desired, at a later time. Afterall, in terms of fashion, platform shoes do come and go with the times! ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 04:18 PM

I like the fact that you thought about being able to “undo” what you did without any aesthetic repercussions. Thinking about the future is always a good thing in situations like this one. It lends flexibility, if nothing else, to the piece.

And this addition looks solid too. I doubt that’s going anywhere!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 04:36 PM

That looks good.

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 06:29 PM

Problem solved by a woodworker. Great job Jack.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 01:57 AM

Nicely done. You did a really neat job of raising the height.

About 20 years ago I lengthened our solid oak antique bed so it would accept a full size box spring and mattress. It is still holding together. Now I am told I need to widen it so it will accept queen size. I have no idea how to start that… try a kit, perhaps. It is amazing what you learn trying these headache prone projects.

But, you are right in trying to keep it so it can be undone if someone wanted to restore to original.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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