My first project - Bed Headboard and footboard

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Project by AugieCoe posted 02-27-2011 02:40 PM 4084 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this was my first project. I guess I didn’t buy into the start small theory. The Headboard and Footboard of this queen size bed were made from red oak, stained, then several coats of poly to finish. I didn’t know really anything about woodworking going into this project, just what I had seen on TV. I did buy the 2 newel posts to frame in the headboard. That really determined the wood species for the rest of the bed and I did not want to attempt creating them myself. There are plenty of mistakes in this one, but turned out pretty nice if you don’t have your glasses on.

Lesson learned from this project? – Don’t start small, shoot for the moon.

-- There is a lesson in every project. Play safe!

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Walt M.

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 03:36 PM

Man you are off to a great start. Nicely done.

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 04:07 PM

Great Job!

Did you purchase the posts locally or did you get them online somewhere? I have been looking for some good posts for a long time now. What dimensions are the posts?

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 04:50 PM

Looks great, nice job!! What’s next??

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 05:09 PM

Very handsome bed. Excellent first post.

-- Glen

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 11:47 PM

Where did you find the posts. I am wanting to build a bed much like this one. Is the panel in the footboard plywood? Did you make the rails?

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 03:26 AM

Thanks everyone for the great encouragement.

Grandpa, the posts were actually purchased from Lowes. They were probably $80 each, so that was pretty expensive. My skills weren’t up to make them myself at that point. I got a pretty good deal on the oak, so the headboard, footboard, and rails are all solid wood – no plywood. I made the rails and stiles for the headboard & footboard, then routed the panel to fit inside. To make it easier on me, the bed actually sits on the original metal frame. I bolted the the headboard & footboards to the frame, then connected the rails on the sides to each. It hides the metal frame really well, plus I saved quite a bit of construction by not fully supporting the bed.

If I had to do the posts again, I would probably make them myself like I did the footboard posts. The newel posts I purchased were solid wood, but the footboard posts are just mitered at the corners to fit and are hollow inside. Still very solid and since they were mitered, they look like they are solid.

Thanks – Paul

-- There is a lesson in every project. Play safe!

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 08:04 PM

Thanks for the information. I had planned to box the posts and leave them hollow. think those look better than laminated posts and solid posts are so expensive. If you used something like the drawer lock router bit ont he corners of the posts they should be very strong. Thanks again for the information. You have a great looking bed here.

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 03:57 AM


-- Richie, PA - " from rough cut to fine rustic furniture "

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#9 posted 05-03-2012 07:32 PM

This is a very nice design, I especially like the headboard detail.

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