Headboard and Night Tables

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Project by Jim posted 06-05-2008 04:59 AM 3320 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this headboard and matching night tables as part of a complete bedroom suite (more projects to come). The room has been decorated with beautiful knotty pine flooring, burgundy walls and white trim with a variety of antiques. I wanted the furniture to also maintain the antique appearance. The items are made from solid knotty pine with some knotty pine plywood in key areas. Joinery consists of a variety of mortise and tenon, biscuits and the occasional pocket hole in a couple hidden spots such as the back of the headboard. The finish was done with Watco Danish Oil (Medium Walnut) which was applied heavily until quite dark. The entire project was then completely sanded removing most of the Danish Oil except where it had soaked into the grain. Then 3 more coats of Danish Oil Light Walnut was applied and top coated with wipe on poly. I’m reasonably happy with the results. The process of dark oil sand light oil was an experiment but it really seems to have made the knots stand out and definately gave the project an aged appearance.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 06-05-2008 05:35 AM

Very nicely done. You did a beautiful job on them. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 05:52 AM

these turned out really well…sounds like an an intense process to finish them…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 06-05-2008 05:53 AM

Very nice, I think your right about the finish making those nots stand out. Looks great.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 06-05-2008 06:04 AM


Nicely done.

I’m in the process of making a set of nightstands very similar to yours, top, drawer, enclosed cubby below. Would you consider posting another project just of the nightstand with some close ups and construction details.


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#5 posted 06-05-2008 01:53 PM

I have a love/hate relationship with pine. never can make the finish look right. But you did a great job.

-- JJohn

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#6 posted 06-05-2008 03:32 PM

I like your approach to finishing – nicely done.

-- Legacy Woodcraft

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#7 posted 06-06-2008 05:04 AM

Like this bed looks great. May need to borrow or steal some design features , thanks for sharing

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 03:39 PM

These are some nice pieces. I like your finishing routine. It adds depth to the finish.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 06-08-2008 03:22 PM

Very nice

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#10 posted 07-26-2008 01:14 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments guys!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#11 posted 12-14-2011 01:39 AM

I like the bead but really like the quilt ?did your wife make it.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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