Walnut headboard, frame and panel

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Project by Zjawin posted 02-26-2013 01:21 PM 2636 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second post for this headboard. It’s constructed of American black walnut frame and panel with drawbore mortise and tenon.

The framing panel tenons were cut with an 11 tooth backsaw the wide rail double tenons on the top and bottom were cut with the rabbit plane then shaped with the rasp and cut out with A saw.

In the one photo you can see how I mitered the molding using a shooting board to get a good fit

Additionally you can see how I handcarved the reeds on the legs.

The chamfers we’re done with a plane and chisel the design was taken from the historic example.

Note that the size of the headboard (king) is approximately the size of my shop so working on it was not an easy task

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 01:29 PM

Very nice job.

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 03:39 PM

Dude! I’m sure it’s beautiful. But you’re killing my neck with these sideways pics.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 03:41 PM

It is nice. Looks like some great joinery.

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 03:44 PM

Very nice job, using one of my favorite woods. How did you finish the project?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 04:48 PM

Beautiful work

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 04:51 PM

I still haven’t figured out how to flip the photos!!!

The finish was watco natrual, shellac, mahogany gel stain wiped off, shellac, then dark wax.

One day i’ll orient the photos right… hahaha

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 04:38 AM

A really nice job. Well done. And yes my neck hurts.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 02:12 PM

Great looking and well made headboard. Like the joinery and the choice of wood.

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#9 posted 01-17-2014 03:53 PM


How long have you been doing this? Amazing craftsmanship.


-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#10 posted 01-17-2014 04:05 PM

Eh since I was 23, my best friends family has a cabinetmaking business so I worked with them here and there a bit, so about 7 years, and thank you this means a lot to be called a craftsman

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