Headboard for a PLatform Bed w/storage underneath

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Project by edp posted 07-30-2007 01:09 PM 3189 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shown here are two headboards constructed from Red Oak. I purchase it rough cut, plane it to .8” thick and straight line it before I stack it.
The larger/lighter colored one is a King Size with walnut acents. The stain is Min Wax, Golden Oak and the sealer is full gloss lacquer.
The smaller/darker one is a Queen size. The stain is Min Wax Dark Ebony and the sealer coat is full gloss lacquer. The panels are all floating raised panels and the construction is a full on exercise in rail and stile joinery. The eliptical panels at the top are floating raised panels as well. The headboards are flanked by fluted columns created from the same flat stock used for the rest of the project. Both headboards are attached to a platform bed that has 3 deep drawers on each side. The drawers naturally extend to the midpoint of the frame. The drawer guides also function as the supports for the box spring. The end panel is decorated with solid wood drawer fronts to resemble the look of the sides. All in all, a very satisfying outcome for my labor. The young (?) buck in the picture is my brother/apprentice who supplied quite a bit of the labor on these projects.

-- Come on in, the beer is cold and the wood is dry.

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#1 posted 07-30-2007 06:13 PM

Those are really nice!

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#2 posted 07-30-2007 10:00 PM

now THAT’s a headboard!!!! It’s huge!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 07-31-2007 07:01 AM

Beautiful beds – must have made those for some NBA players :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 07-31-2007 08:15 AM

Nice work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 07-31-2007 10:25 AM

No NBA players involved here. The King size went to a couple who stand 5’9’.
The Queen size went to a couple who are 5’8” and 5’6”.
The platform was designed to have the top of the mattress 32” off the floor. At that height you can still get in without a stool but still afford good storage depth below. The drawers below provide nearly the storage capacity of a standard 5 drawer chest on EACH side. Quite a bonus for apartment dwellers and homeowners alike.


-- Come on in, the beer is cold and the wood is dry.

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#6 posted 07-31-2007 07:01 PM

That’s a headboard on steroids! Awesome!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 08-01-2007 10:54 PM

Beautiful!, that’s the kind of work that never goes out of style!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 08-16-2007 04:21 AM

Beautiful work Ed! My next two projects will be bed frames. I’m making a king and queen Mission style. The king is for the wife and I. The queen is wedding gift for my son and his fiance. Any suggestions/hints/tips for making beds?

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#9 posted 08-17-2007 03:30 AM

With the mission style, your work should proceed very rapidly. I would assume qs wo? Let me know if anything stumps you and we can create a workaround. Good luck.


-- Come on in, the beer is cold and the wood is dry.

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#10 posted 09-06-2007 12:33 AM

That is absolutely fantastic. I mistakenly showed it to the wife and her response was, “Can I have one?”

-- Working at Woodworking

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