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PSUmike

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06-03-2014 12:34 PM

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A friend of mine recently asked if I could make a headboard that would kind of match her existing dresser.

My question is what species of wood should I use, and how should I finish it? I’m not going to attempt the leaf pattern, but the rest of the construction shouldn’t be difficult for me. She just wants something to “bolt to the wall” – kind of like a hotel headboard. I think I’ll use a french cleat system.


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 12:57 PM

The dresser looks like stained pine to me. If you want to match it exactly it is going to be difficult as pine has a great tendency to blotch. Color matching can be difficult as well as you don’t know what the manufacturer used. Plan on a lot of experimentation on scraps and become familiar w/ blotch control. Charles Neil’s, Color Conditioner is a good product.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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PSUmike

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 01:09 PM

Bondo,

I guessed pine as well from the knots, but all those little “spots” threw me. Should I head to my local sawmill for something specific, or can I get away with construction grade lumber from the box store?

I’ll have to check out that color conditioner.

Thanks

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JAAune

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 01:27 PM

Those spots are likely just black paint that the factory threw on the wood. For some reason a lot of companies finish their wood that way to make it seem old but I’ve never cared for the effect. To me it doesn’t look antique, it just looks like someone sprinkled black paint on new wood.

Don’t use construction grade lumber unless you’re willing to give it plenty of time to dry. 18% or so moisture content is way too high. It should be at least down to 14% and even then, it would still be good to let it sit in the shop a bit before milling to final dimensions.

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PSUmike

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 02:49 PM

Thanks JAAune. I’ll have to hit up my sawmill, his stuff has been drying for a while, and I’m pretty sure he has a kiln as well.

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BinghamtonEd

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 04:14 PM

+1 on the conditioner. You may also be able to do a tinted topcoat instead of stain, after sealing to wood.

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

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PSUmike

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 05:04 PM

Thanks Ed. Hey, I’m only a little south of Scranton if you’d like to come give me a hand!

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The Box Whisperer

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 05:05 PM

Ive gotten a very similar look to that on pine using watco danish oil, I just cant remember which tint.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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BinghamtonEd

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 05:42 PM

Mike, I’m at the hospital with my wife, she’s going to have a baby sometime between today and Tuesday. Let me ask about that.

She says no. And now I have a black eye. Good luck.

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

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SCOTSMAN

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#9 posted 06-03-2014 07:23 PM

A black eye means triplets for sure I hope your prepared brotherLOL seriously Give her a big hug if possible from Alistair Bronwen and family lots of brotherly love I hope you have all a fantastic life all my boys are now grown apart from two grandkids ,of course Reuben and Rhiannon.Great fun Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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