East #15: Julia's Folksy Faux-Headboard

East #15: Julia's Folksy Faux-Headboard

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 31, 2008

Name: Julia M.
Location: Washington, DC
Time: Off and on for about 4 days (there's a lot of drying time)... about 8 hours total.
Cost: About $60 for the wood, canvases, glue, and poly. Had the tools already.

Headboards! Many want them, few have them and they cost a lot. And why so much for a simple board? Here Julia gives us her take, and very nicely done at that. Head below the jump for all her pics, tools, and instructions and VOTING...


Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:

14 sheets of 4" x 24" x 3/8" basswood
1 sheet of 4" x 24" x 1/32" basswood
2 20" x 24" braced canvases
1 bottle wood glue
1 can minwax oil-based poly-urethane(semi-gloss)
1 disposable paintbrush
1 x-acto knife
1 ruler
1 pencil
2-3 sheets 60-grit sandpaper
1 effective dustbuster
paper towels


Share step by step instructions for how you completed the project:

I needed a headboard, wanted wood, and didn't have any powertools or a nearby hardware store (I'm a grad student living smack dab in the middle of washington DC). I'd tried to match the color of the Ikea-tastic duvet cover earlier without much success, so I had the two canvases already primed (and that's why they're purple in this photo).

(1) plan a design. Mine called for the thicker basswood to be cut into 6 12" pieces and 8 peices with 45-degree angles at each end -- four that were 24" at their longes point and 16" on the other side, and four that were 20" at their longest point and 12" on the other side.
(2) cut basswood carefully. I did the 45 -degree angle by measuring 4" from the base of each board and drawing a diagonal.
(3) arrange the pieces on the board and sand for the best fit.
(4) cover back with glue and set from one end to the other -- start with one 24" piece, then add one 20" side, then the 12" pieces, then the final 24" piece.


(5) lay upsidedown and cover back with books to minimize buckling (the wood is still fairly thin so it's a risk). Allow to dry for several hours.
(6) fill in the remaining cracks with wood glue and wipe the excess with a damp paper towel. Allow to dry for another couple hours.
(7) turn over and sand to remove the remaining buckling and even the surface.
(8) face the sides of the canvas with 3/4" strips of the thin basswood (four 24" and four 20" strips). glue and let dry.
(9) vaccuum surrounding area and face of wood. wipe wood clean with a damp paper towel
(10) add several (I used 3) coats of clear polyurethane. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours after the last coat.
(11) hang on the wall with one nail in the corner of each canvas. Use a level.


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