Bookcase Headboard

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Project by MrZ posted 04-16-2014 08:42 PM 2445 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a King sized bookcase style headboard with sliding doors. It is made out of maple, with curly maple for the top. This thing is huge and heavy, it definitely gave me a hard time with my one car garage shop. There is a “secret” compartment in the floor on each side that is opened by pushing down to activate a spring loaded piston type latch.

The finish is a rubbed in coat of BLO, which was allowed to dry for 48hrs. It was than topped with a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol/sealcoat and finished with wipe on poly. This is the first piece of furniture that I have built by my own plans; I spent quite a bit of time in sketch-up before even purchasing the wood. Its definitely not perfect, but I feel like I am slowly improving. Hope you all enjoy!

*Edited to correct the mix of sealcoat with denatured alcohol not mineral spirits!

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#1 posted 04-16-2014 09:06 PM

Good job.
That figured maple would have looked better if you popped it with some dye.

What kind of sealcoat? Not zinssers sanding sealer? That’s a shellac, you cut it with alcohol…

I like the hidden gun compartment.

Overall it came out great.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 04-16-2014 09:20 PM

woodchuckerNJ, you are correct the shellac was cut with denatured alcohol, the polyurethane was cut with mineral spirits. Mixed them up when I typed it out!

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#3 posted 04-16-2014 11:44 PM

This is a great looking project. I would like to see additional pix with the bed attached in order for me to better understand the concept. Even your Sketchup designs would be good.

-- Art

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 07:57 PM

I too canot imagine this without pictures. Won’t you bump your head on this if the bed slides under?Or do your feet go down that end? Slightly puzzled ,it looks very nicely made in any case.Let us all know to put at least me out of my head scratching misery.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 01:27 AM

The headboard is meant to stand alone without mounting to the bed frame. The space you see in the middle is 23” high; the height to the top of the mattress is around 24” leaving a “reveal” of sorts when looking from the foot of the bed. The overall width is 84”, so around 3” of headboard will show on each side of the mattress as well. I hope this helps explain, I will post a picture once the headboard arrives at its new home.

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#6 posted 08-25-2014 04:29 PM

Very nice work! Those secret compartments look like a great place to keep your handheld theft deterrent devices.

-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo

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#7 posted 08-27-2017 12:23 PM

This is a nicely designed headboard and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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