|Project by jack1||posted 10-28-2010 05:49 AM||2314 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
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!