Bed #2: Head and Footboard (Part 1)

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 05-09-2010 05:12 AM 2040 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The design process Part 2 of Bed series Part 3: More headboard finishing work »

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.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 05:29 AM

Sweet. I’m surprised that you think the headboard will be rarely seen? Or do you mean just the back? Headboards can be a blast to let your imagination run wild.


-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 06:46 AM

I agree with Steve the headboard is the ” center piece ” that catches one’s eye. It looks great so far can’t wait to see more! I like the way you are going to layer the stain in, Iv’e tried it and it works great! Good luck.

-- jdog, Napa, California

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 12:46 PM

Nice work, Lis. You seem to have staining off to a tee. The surround idea looks good.

I also agree with both of the above I skimped on my headboard and have regretted it. Once the bed is in regular use though its difficult to make any changes.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 03:09 PM

Oh, yeah! This is the bottom part. The top is going to be separate. :)

So I guess by “headboard” what I really meant as “head-side-support-board”.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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