Headboard from reclaimed Oak

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Project by waynesvillewalton posted 10-12-2012 10:12 PM 2055 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first “real” woodworking project. We already have a nice bed, however, being a sleigh bed, it doesn’t fit well in our bedroom so we needed a headboard that fit flat against the wall (and no footboard).

The most interesting part of the project is that the wood came from our pre-1900 home. When we finished our attic, the floor couldn’t be used, so we carefully pulled it up and saved it. The floor was ~1” thick oak of varying widths from about 5-8”. All of the wood in this project was gleaned from that old flooring (with the exception of the pine beadboard which I found in the carriage house – left over from the previous owners).

Although I used two very different woods (pine & oak), you don’t notice unless you look closely. I used a gel stain from General Finishes – the color is Java, if I recall.

The second & third pictures show the detail of the trim and the grain. There are a couple of old worm holes that I left visible in the top molding because I like the character (and I didn’t want to have to plane more wood).

I have an old Craftsman planar which I used to size down the wood. I don’t have a jointer, so I had to use my homemade router table to joint the edges & cut the roundover. Used a cheap hand plane to soften the edges and pocket hole screws & glue to join the rails to the stiles (since I don’t have a biscuit joiner yet).

The only real issue I have with the design is that because of the large baseboard molding in our house, the headboard doesn’t sit flush against the wall. I have tossed around the idea of cutting it down to a shorter sized & mounting it directly to the wall, but I don’t know if I want to do that for sure….

Hope you enjoy even though the pictures aren’t very good. Oh, & it did it over the weekend—pretty simple project.

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 10:31 PM

Great repurposing of material and a good looking head board.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 10:59 PM

I like to recycle as well nice headboard

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#3 posted 10-13-2012 08:51 AM

Nicely done! Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 02:01 PM

Well done, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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