|Forum topic by Clemson||posted 1304 days ago||2950 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
1304 days ago
Howdy lumberjockers! I’m building a frame & panel headboard for our queen bed. Here’s the sketchup model I made to get the wife’s approval:
I posted the sketchup model here in case its helpful for someone else. I have all of the components done and the joinery completed. I’ve never used ‘real’ woodworking joinery before, so I’m pretty excited about it….mortise & tenons for the rail / post connection, and stub tenons & grooves for the panels & stile / rail connection. Here’s what I have so far:
There’s also a top piece that you can see in the sketchup image. My wife wants the whole thing painted satin black, so I just used poplar and baltic birch ply for the panels. Ok, so here are my questions:
1. Any ideas on what type of edge treatment and / or molding might look good?
Its’ a pretty simple design, and I don’t want to go overboard, but I was thinking maybe a little corner-bead applied molding on the inside of the panels might look nice. I’m at least going to break all the edges a little either with the router or by hand sanding, any thoughts on radius for this type of piece?
2. Any suggestions on the finishing process, particularly any recommendations on sealer / primer / paint?
I have a brand new Earlex 5000 HVLP sprayer that I got on sale from Highland Woodworking. I haven’t used it yet, so I’d love to give it a shot on this project, though I know its probably not optimized for paint. I’ll be spraying either in my garage or outside, and I’m thinking of building a little knock-down booth from PVC & plastic sheeting. Either way, I’ll have my Tyvek® suit and 3M organic respirator on.
I’m wondering if I should go with a black lacquer vs. latex or oil paint. What type of sealer or primer should I use? Can I / Should I top-coat with something clear for a little more protection? Also, I was going to sand through about 320 or so, does that seem reasonable ? Any other tips on getting a nice smooth black satin finish?
I’m planning a trip to the local Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore stores, but was wondering what advice the LJ experts might have!
Thanks in advance! I love this community!
-- David in Richmond, VA