Natural Edge Queen Size Headboard

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Project by Schwieb posted 136 days ago 1501 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been busy in the shop and haven’t taken time to post any projects in awhile. I wanted to post this one and a few others over the next few days. My close LJ’s will recall a post around Christmas about Zack’s pallet wood box . I bought a bunch of wood from a lady who’s husband, Zack had recently lost his battle with cancer. I got some interesting material in that batch of stuff and there were a couple of natural edge or some people call it live edge boards that I determined was Coffeenut. I don’t usually used mixed woods in a furniture piece, but I decided to use what I liked and had available, and was willing to give up for this project. (My inspiration here goes to Grizz) The arch of the board just seemed to me that it would make a nice headboard and the board was long enough to make it queen size. As usual I made my own “plans” limited only by the size of the boards I had available and the size of the bed.

The knot on the upper edge to the right side had a lot of voids but I thought it added so much, so I experimented with the same clear epoxy resin that I used to on my kayak and it filled in and finished out beautifully.

I glued up some walnut I had for the posts and a piece of cherry that was pretty much trash wood, but the right size for the stringer below. Since it would be mainly hidden by the mattress,. I figured it was OK. At first I wanted to make the top board have through tenons into the posts but it just wasn’t long enough to do that so I settled for a deep mortise that went 2 5/8” into the 3” square posts. A little router detail to the corners of the posts and adding the pins that I turned on the lathe for a functional detail. Some pre assembly sanding to clean up and round over the natural edge; final glue-up; and final sanding. The finish is several coats of Minwax Antique Oil, followed by Watco satin wax (I love that stuff)

I was planning this for use in our guesthouse, but now my wife tells me it should be in our house, so I guess she likes it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 136 days ago

OH YEA….TOUCH DOWN,,that is a beauty and im proud to be mentioned for inspiration sake, the head board is beautiful, joinery is beautiful…would have loved to help, man that board is just striking, you done good Doc….that bed will inspire woodworking dreams….:) and i must say, IM MEMORY OF ZACK, he knew to collect some good wood.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 136 days ago

Very nice, you did those boards justice. I like the live edge stuff and this is no exception.

-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @

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#3 posted 136 days ago

Wow! Beautiful headboard Ken. The wood is really fantastic and so is the headboard design. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 136 days ago

Nice headboard. Like the colors.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#5 posted 136 days ago

Beautiful piece of woodworking.

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#6 posted 136 days ago

Beautiful! I just added this to favorites as I have a slab with same curve that no one wants to buy: a beautiful piece of black cherry. I can only hope mine comes out anywhere near as nice as yours.

That slab looks about 14” at the widest point???

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 136 days ago

Hi Ken,
I’m unfortunately unable to say that I’m a fan of live edge.
However, I am a fan of seeing what is in a piece of material and listening to what is saying.
Using this piece in this way was just ….... right. (even with the live edge).
The joinery is excellent and the grain is magnificent.
I’m making an exception, I quite like this.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 136 days ago

Super looking head board with great wood.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 136 days ago

well paul, good thing for repentance, live edge is a live and well, how could you not be for the natural form of some woods..i just cant fathom the thought …lol…but we must all get along, and so i shall accept your feeling, and i know as gracious as you are that you will accept mine, and docs, and every other jocks who loves live edge…even Sam Maloof…and even George Nakashima…just a few, oh how i hate name dropping, but for the sake of live edge…:).

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 136 days ago

Listen to the Mrs. Dr. Ken! Beautiful.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 136 days ago

who is the mrs Dr Ken…now im confused

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 136 days ago

Opps. Misplaced another comma. Listen to the Mrs., Dr. Ken!
Does that clear it up for you, Grizz? ;-b

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 136 days ago

That’s a beautiful headboard and I agree with Your wife it is too good for guests…lol
Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#14 posted 136 days ago

Nice work. Very creative use of boards

-- Guy,PEI

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#15 posted 132 days ago

I think I admire creativity and originality the most… Amazing work!

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