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Friday, December 12, 2014
Rustic Head Board
With almost all the rooms in my house complete, I still have work to do in my master bedroom. So the next project to tackle is making a headboard for my king size bed. Ana White has a great tutorial for making the headboard seen below.
I like her headboard, but I'd rather make one that better matches the dressers I've already made for the bedroom, so using her tutorial as a guide I designed my own headboard in SketchUp.
Luckily there is not too much lumber for this build - at least not yet.
I cut the pieces necessary with my miter saw.
Then I assembled the frame using pocket holes and screws.
Constructing this much only took about an hour.
Next I used some quarter inch pine sheets to cover the back.
Since I couldn't get one large sheet to fit in my car, I had to use smaller sheets. This created some seams which I covered up with some scrap pieces of wood.
Like many of my projects, I don't follow the plans to a T. I went out and bought some decorative wood pieces which I glued and nailed to the 2 top corners and one in the center.
I also bought more wood and started cutting and gluing and nailing pieces in where I saw fit.
I screwed in thin pieces of wood to the edges of the back panels to keep them flush.
After a few hours I was happy with it.
Next I needed to fill in a massive amount of cracks, gaps and other imperfections. For this I used a lot of wood filler.
This took quite a while to do.
Since all these corners will be hard to sand, I used a wet rag to smooth the filler.
Once all the areas were I filled were smooth, I began sanding.
This too took a long time, utilizing most of my sanders and sand paper.
I also broke out my sanding block, which I have not used in ages.
After a few days of on-and-off sanding, this thing was almost done.
For the corners that had excess wood filler, I used a sharp chisel to even it out. Then I followed up with some more sanding with sand paper.
When I finally finished sanding, I placed the head board out of the way for a while so I could park my car in the garage at night.
Next I gave the head board a good cleaning followed by stain.
I used the same stain as I used for my bedroom dressers.
It may be hard to tell from the photo, but each of the different woods used in this project give the stain a slightly different hue. The pine panels give the lightest, yellowish tint, where as the Douglass fir, and white wood pieces have a more saturated orange & red tint.
Once the stain was wiped and dried I began sanding to make it more rustic looking.
After a little more sanding and cleaning up, it's ready for polyurethane.
I applied some satin poly and let it dry.
Once the poly dried I gave it all a sanding with some very fine sandpaper.
Then I cleaned it and moved my bed out of the way. Moving this piece from my garage to my bedroom was no easy feat! This thing is heavy!
I used some brackets to help keep the head board attached to the wall. It's not very pretty, but it will do the job until I figure out a better way.
Then I put the bed back and I'm done!
I think it looks great!
I started off thinking this project would be an easy one, but I was wrong.
A lot of work went into this thing, but the results were worth it!