|Project by AandCstyle||posted 03-01-2014 02:59 AM||1670 views||10 times favorited||19 comments|
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.