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Project by AandCstyle posted 179 days ago 1161 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I asked about the size for floating tenons to be used in this piece. I got a number of much appreciated responses from friends and followed their advice. My thanks to all. :)

This headboard is for my daughter’s spare room. It isn’t completely glued up yet because it needs to fit into the back of my car so I can deliver it. I will finish the glue up on site.

First, the qswo grain in this piece is some of the prettiest I have used and I hope my pix do it justice. This was my own design, but there are probably about a million others just like it. lol Overall, it measures 80” wide by 55” high. I laminated two boards together for the legs, then veneered the edges to have the rays on all 4 sides. The backs aren’t very special. All the other joints are floating tenons. I cut the mortises using my Mortise-Pal jig; it is MUCH faster and more accurate than using my benchtop mortiser. I have made a couple similar headboards previously so this one came together quickly (by my standards).

It was stained to match existing furniture they have. I stained it with Reddish Brown and Dark Walnut TT dyes in Target Coatings WR40xx, brushed on and wiped off. Lightly sanded with 400G, then sprayed a heavy coat of EM1000 sanding sealer to give the finish more depth, lightly sanded and finally sprayed a couple light coats of EM6000. No further sanding was needed.

As with any piece (that I make) there are opportunities for improvement, but, nevertheless, I am happy with this one.

Thanks for looking and for any criticism you may care to offer.

-- Art





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BJODay

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#1 posted 179 days ago

Art,
Nice looking piece. How thick did you make the veneer on the legs. Did you cut the veneer on a TS or band saw?

BJ

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 179 days ago

BJ, thank you. I cut it with the TS, then ran it through the drum sander on a sled to end with 3/16th”.

-- Art

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Alongiron

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#3 posted 179 days ago

Art. I have one piece of criticism for you….your making me look bad! Great looking headboard….I could sleep in that bed anytime….well you know what I mean :).

You said that you sprayed some finish on. What kind of sprayer do you have and do you have a specific area to use it. I always think that with spraying one would get a lot of over spray. Have thought about this technique but a bit confused and scared of it.

Again. Great work!!

Steve

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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AandCstyle

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#4 posted 179 days ago

Hey, Steve. Thanks. I have an Accuspray 12S that I got from Jeff Jewitt. It is fed by a 60 gallon IR 3hp compressor. I have a separate spray room that has a $20 box fan set up in a window for the exhaust covered by a furnace filter. I live in high desert so the overspray dries quickly so it isn’t a problem for me. Believe me, if I can spray successfully, you can too.

Here are a few pix from when it was new.

-- Art

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oldrivers

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#5 posted 179 days ago

Beautiful piece, good design, joinery and finish. Man was I taken back by the wood grain that is fantastic, I am sure she will love this new heirloom from her Dad. Great Job thanks for sharing, may you have a Blessed day. O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 179 days ago

That is a beautiful piece! The figure is simply stunning, and I really like your design. I hope your daughter realizes how truly special this is.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 179 days ago

absolutely gorgeous!

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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bubbaw

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#8 posted 179 days ago

Beautiful headboard. I’ve been looking for an idea that I can make with my limited shop equipment and skills. I “favorite “it to keep for reference.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#9 posted 179 days ago

Very nice headboard Art. One question for you, why do you have your airline on the wall in that configuration?

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camps764

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#10 posted 179 days ago

I agree…totally awesome piece. I was curious about the airline too…completely out of curiosity and ignorance…interested in learning why it is the way it is.

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Laughran

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#11 posted 179 days ago

Beautiful, well done Art.
A king size bed is on my short list so I’ ve been looking at a lot of beds.
My question to you is about the Mortise-Pal, I have been looking at benchtop mortisers, would you recommend
The Mortise-Pal over a benchtop?
Thanks

-- David

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AandCstyle

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#12 posted 179 days ago

My thanks to everyone for the compliments.

Welcon & Steve, I found that design recommended in the book Setting Up Shop by Sandor Nagyszalanczy. He states, “The first section of pipe should be at least 25 ft. long to act as a condenser that helps remove moisture from the plumbing. This is needed because the air heats up as it is compressed.” The piping is slightly slanted to help the condensed water drain down to the drain valve. It made sense to me so I used it.

David, you will probably get differing opinions, but I prefer the Mortise-Pal to the benchtop mortisers. I came across a review (scroll down the page a bit) by Gord Graff which led me to try the MP because I was really frustrated with my benchtop mortiser due to the crappy hold down. The MP does have a couple limitations: it isn’t really designed to make angled mortises (although I have done it) and the mortise lengths are somewhat limited, but that has never been an issue for me. So, to answer your question, I say definitely yes.

-- Art

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tefinn

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#13 posted 179 days ago

You are right about that being some pretty QSWO! I’m sure your daughter is going to love the headboard, I know I do. Great work!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Goldwoman

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#14 posted 178 days ago

Beautiful design and craftsmanship- and the figure is gorgeous!

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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AandCstyle

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#15 posted 178 days ago

Tefinn & Goldwoman, thank you. I have some stock left from that lot and may get inspired to make a footboard.

-- Art

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