Natural Edge Queen Size Headboard

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Project by Schwieb posted 04-12-2014 06:55 PM 3784 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been busy in the shop and haven’t taken time to post any projects in awhile. I wanted to post this one and a few others over the next few days. My close LJ’s will recall a post around Christmas about Zack’s pallet wood box . I bought a bunch of wood from a lady who’s husband, Zack had recently lost his battle with cancer. I got some interesting material in that batch of stuff and there were a couple of natural edge or some people call it live edge boards that I determined was Coffeenut. I don’t usually used mixed woods in a furniture piece, but I decided to use what I liked and had available, and was willing to give up for this project. (My inspiration here goes to Grizz) The arch of the board just seemed to me that it would make a nice headboard and the board was long enough to make it queen size. As usual I made my own “plans” limited only by the size of the boards I had available and the size of the bed.

The knot on the upper edge to the right side had a lot of voids but I thought it added so much, so I experimented with the same clear epoxy resin that I used to on my kayak and it filled in and finished out beautifully.

I glued up some walnut I had for the posts and a piece of cherry that was pretty much trash wood, but the right size for the stringer below. Since it would be mainly hidden by the mattress,. I figured it was OK. At first I wanted to make the top board have through tenons into the posts but it just wasn’t long enough to do that so I settled for a deep mortise that went 2 5/8” into the 3” square posts. A little router detail to the corners of the posts and adding the pins that I turned on the lathe for a functional detail. Some pre assembly sanding to clean up and round over the natural edge; final glue-up; and final sanding. The finish is several coats of Minwax Antique Oil, followed by Watco satin wax (I love that stuff)

I was planning this for use in our guesthouse, but now my wife tells me it should be in our house, so I guess she likes it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 04-12-2014 07:35 PM

OH YEA….TOUCH DOWN,,that is a beauty and im proud to be mentioned for inspiration sake, the head board is beautiful, joinery is beautiful…would have loved to help, man that board is just striking, you done good Doc….that bed will inspire woodworking dreams….:) and i must say, IM MEMORY OF ZACK, he knew to collect some good wood.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 04-12-2014 07:50 PM

Very nice, you did those boards justice. I like the live edge stuff and this is no exception.

-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @

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#3 posted 04-12-2014 07:57 PM

Wow! Beautiful headboard Ken. The wood is really fantastic and so is the headboard design. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-12-2014 10:26 PM

Nice headboard. Like the colors.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 04-12-2014 11:42 PM

Beautiful piece of woodworking.

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#6 posted 04-13-2014 12:05 AM

Beautiful! I just added this to favorites as I have a slab with same curve that no one wants to buy: a beautiful piece of black cherry. I can only hope mine comes out anywhere near as nice as yours.

That slab looks about 14” at the widest point???

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 04-13-2014 04:11 AM

Hi Ken,
I’m unfortunately unable to say that I’m a fan of live edge.
However, I am a fan of seeing what is in a piece of material and listening to what is saying.
Using this piece in this way was just ….... right. (even with the live edge).
The joinery is excellent and the grain is magnificent.
I’m making an exception, I quite like this.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 04-13-2014 05:47 AM

Super looking head board with great wood.


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#9 posted 04-13-2014 06:23 AM

well paul, good thing for repentance, live edge is a live and well, how could you not be for the natural form of some woods..i just cant fathom the thought …lol…but we must all get along, and so i shall accept your feeling, and i know as gracious as you are that you will accept mine, and docs, and every other jocks who loves live edge…even Sam Maloof…and even George Nakashima…just a few, oh how i hate name dropping, but for the sake of live edge…:).

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 04-13-2014 06:52 AM

Listen to the Mrs. Dr. Ken! Beautiful.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 04-13-2014 07:20 AM

who is the mrs Dr Ken…now im confused

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 04-13-2014 08:53 AM

Opps. Misplaced another comma. Listen to the Mrs., Dr. Ken!
Does that clear it up for you, Grizz? ;-b

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 04-13-2014 12:01 PM

That’s a beautiful headboard and I agree with Your wife it is too good for guests…lol
Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 04-13-2014 01:02 PM

Nice work. Very creative use of boards

-- Guy,PEI

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#15 posted 04-17-2014 02:20 AM

I think I admire creativity and originality the most… Amazing work!

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