Boat Bed #2: Headboard and siderails

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 04-27-2009 02:28 PM 4926 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I didn’t make as much progress as I wanted on my boat bed. Trying to get a few other bed ready to ship has slowed me down a little. I did get the headboard and side rails finished.

The head board is design that I usually reserve for my painted version but I decided to start using it on the oak and maple versions also. It is basically a bookcase headboard with the sides slanted back a little. I cut port holes in the sides and smaller holes across the top. I built it with removable legs so that it will be less likely to get damaged during shipping. The legs are connected by dowels and pocket screws.
The boat bed headboard

The side rails were changed up also on this project. The customer wanted port holes. I make the side rails 1 ½” thick by sandwiching two piece of ¾” material together. On the outside piece I cut the 4” holes required for the port hole. I will cover those with chrome port hole mirror that I purchased.
Side rail for the custom boat bed

Here is some of the raw video footage of the build:

Headboard Build

Headboard Dowels

Headboard 1

More videos and pictures can be found on my Current Project page at

Watch live as I build the bow of the boat.

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