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Project by littlecope posted 03-08-2020 04:37 AM 521 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a while!
Life keeps me very busy these days and woodworking for Fun has become an elusive thing…
The House requires plenty of work (not complaining!) and upgrades and renovations happen as time and money allow…
Sometime in October of last year, plans were made to have Debbie’s Brother and his Girlfriend spend a night or two for the Holidays… It became a priority to finally finish one of the two upstairs bedrooms… Since we moved in 5 years ago, both bedrooms had been chiefly used for storage and were a mess! The process began with the larger one being emptied into the smaller one, floor, walls, and closet were repaired, all of the woodwork was sanded down almost to bare wood, and finally the room was painted top to bottom…

We decided to put our “old” Bed (7 or 8 Years old, but in new condition) up in the Guest Bedroom…

For ourselves, we bought a brand new Queen-sized for our own bedroom downstairs… The local Sears was having a “Going out of Business” Sale (aren’t they all?) and so we got a very plush mattress and box spring @ 70% off, a huge savings!
After the bed was assembled and on it’s frame, two things became apparent, #1) The Mattress and Box Spring were SO plush, that the bed was difficult for a couple of short people like us to get in and out of! and #2) Because there was no Headboard, the pillows were always wanting to squirt out and disappear behind the bed…

So, before the Headboard could be delineated for size, the Bed had to be lowered a little…
I was loathe to put the Mattress on the floor, decided instead to make some quick “shoes” for the frame’s legs…

After the wheels were pulled off and these were placed under, it was just the ticket! Though the Bed was only lowered a little less than 3”, it was perfectly enough, we no longer need ladders to get up and in, nor a parachute to get up and out…
It was then a simple matter, to cut 4”x4” to size for the upright posts and then to shape and fasten Oak to the Posts… If you notice in the third picture, I took the time to do a cutaway at the bottom of the posts to fit over the Baseboard…
That has always seemed a problem to me with Headboard design, in that they do not fit flat against the wall, this one does…
Also, while it was still readily accessible, some brackets were added behind…

This, was to facilitate the addition of a couple of hidden, pocket shelves behind…

These have become a great place for our glasses, cell phones and whatnot…

And that’s about it for that, another project completed out of necessity rather than for enjoyment, but… truth be told, I enjoy the heck out of still having a pillow under my head when I wake up!

Thanks for reading, Be Well and Be Safe my Friends! :)

7 March 2020

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.





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Lenny

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#1 posted 03-08-2020 11:47 AM

Necessity may be the mother of invention Mike but in your case, it is also a relative of a bit of shop time! That’s a great looking and practical headboard. I love the details of cutting around the baseboard and adding the shelf.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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littlecope

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#2 posted 03-08-2020 12:21 PM

Thank You Lenny!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 03-08-2020 01:15 PM

the hidden shelf is a very nice addition to this wonderful headboard GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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littlecope

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#4 posted 03-08-2020 01:42 PM

Thank You Tony!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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oldguy2

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#5 posted 03-08-2020 01:58 PM

Good Features. That shelf is just right for all the stuff we use now. I like the slat look, please see my site also for my waterbed project and any other ideas. Thanks. Hal

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lew

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#6 posted 03-08-2020 02:02 PM

Boy, Mike, it has been a while!

You and Debbie did an awesome job on that bedroom. Love the pocket shelves built into the headboard, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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swirt

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#7 posted 03-08-2020 02:37 PM

Nice. It has a clean look and I like the storage feature.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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patron

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#8 posted 03-08-2020 03:26 PM

great headboard there michael

the curved shape is simple yet stylish

and the shelf is a great idea

looking good !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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littlecope

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#9 posted 03-08-2020 07:28 PM

Thanks all!
The pocket shelf idea was a late development…
The thick, 4”×4” posts were used specifically to allow some space behind the bed (there is an electrical outlet there). I considered using the space to “stash” a rifle or shotgun (and still could) but then it occurred to me that a shelf would be even more useful, what with all of the ‘accessories’ of modern life… I may add slots still, to allow for a couple charger cords for our cell phones… It helps to ‘neaten up’ our night stands too!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 03-10-2020 06:36 PM

Hi Mike. That finishes off the bed very nicely!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mafe

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#11 posted 03-15-2020 03:45 PM

Never too late.
Lovely to see you.
Good to see you keep busy improving the house, what a beautiful light through those windows!
Lovely headboard, add warmth to the room.
Smiles and best of thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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robscastle

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#12 posted 04-09-2020 05:59 AM

I also wondered where you and also Patron had gotten to,
I dont see much of you both these days.
Mind you I have suffered the same fate as well, just be part of getting old eh!

-- Regards Rob

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littlecope

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#13 posted 04-09-2020 12:59 PM

Thanks again everybody! Got a chance last weekend to finally bolt this Baby to the Frame…

It was “bouncing” off the wall and making a rattling sound when we got into the Bed before, not anymore!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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mafe

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#14 posted 04-10-2020 11:56 PM

Souns like fun in your bed.
Big smile, take care.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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