I made the headboard and footboard. Or at least the main structure of them.
This is the footboard, before I added any colouring to it:
It is pine with the stripe of redwood.
This is after it received colouring.
What I finally did is stain it with a “natural” stain (Cabot) and then while it was still wet wiped on a special tint that is a wine colour. I’m fairly happy with the outcome, but it is far from finished. There’s going to be opportunity for it to get sanded and stained a couple more times, so it should layer pretty interestingly.
This is the headbord. The stripe on this one is oak. It’s just what I had. It’s a lot more subtle, which is okay – I didn’t think to stain it darker first. This piece is the headboard, which is going to be up against the wall anyway and rarely seen.
This is the back of the headboard, but they’re both built the same. I used 3/4 plywood (some random variety from Lowe’s that I had sitting around). I glued the facade wood to it and then used my air nailer so that everything is definitely rigid.
There are some small gaps between a couple of the boards – though only a couple. I tried filing them tonight with a sawdust/glue mix and that failed epically. Will have to try something else tomorrow.The boards are 1/2 thick, so..
While I was waiting on things to dry, I found four 2×4’s and planed them to 1”. I need to find two more, that are the width of the end boards. I am going to frame them, so that you don’t see the ply edges and to give it an interesting feel. I am going to mill out a groove on them that is the width of the endboards, (so 1/2+3/4) and just make it deep enough that everything tucks into it. I figure this is a good practise for learning mitred edges, too! ;)
All of the wood in this bed project is recycled. Some of it leftover from construction and some of it has been used. The 2×4s I grabbed for this have a lot of “character” on the short sides (they had a lot of character on the long sides but I planed it off!). I love it. I’m going to stain them, as well, although they’re going to be darker than the main panels.
And that’s where I stopped.