Cedar Bed Headboard

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Project by cross_wings_wood posted 11-11-2018 01:58 PM 1967 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife recently “commissioned” a headboard for our daughter’s bedroom. I still had some cedar left over from a neighbor’s deck remodel so I started experimenting with different options. I saw a beautiful headboard project on YouTube by Tom McLaughlin from Epic Woodworking that I decided to emulate, sort of, although he did a much better (and no doubt more time consuming) job.

After tapering the legs and assembling the frame, I started cutting the individual cedar tiles. They’re all the same size obviously but the real work started when I pillowed each individual tile on my sander and (now comes my emulation, so to speak, of Tom’s project) wire brushed the surface to enhance the grain and texture for the finish.

I sealed all of the tiles and then brushed a heavy coat of stain onto the wood, although the sealer kept the stain from soaking into the wood. Before the stain dried, I wiped the stain off the surface of each individual tile leaving the darker color only in the recesses of the wood. Then I glued them to the headboard and finish coated everything with a couple layers of polyurethane.

Making the tiles was a bit time consuming but I think it turned out ok. At least that’s what my wife said. I also emailed pictures of the headboard to Tom and thanked him for his inspiration.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 02:48 PM

Great looking head board Richard! I like the look! This inspires more ideas for sure! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 11-12-2018 12:19 AM

Making the tiles was a bit time consuming but I think it turned out ok. ...


Just OK? It is definitely an understatement. It looks fantastic!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#3 posted 11-12-2018 12:39 AM

yeah this came out beautiful,love the look,may steal the idea for a future project.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 11-12-2018 01:49 AM

Very nice. The wire brush trick is also another good idea too.

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#5 posted 11-12-2018 02:34 AM

Very nice design and a great look. Well done.

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#6 posted 11-12-2018 07:37 AM

...looks amaizing! Nice idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 11-12-2018 04:18 PM

Great job and visual interest. Love that is different…. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 11-17-2018 01:07 AM

I think it is quite beautiful and very unique. Would look great with an old fashion square-block quilt on the bed.
Great job!

-- tel

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