Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Foray Into The Woodshop * Carved Headboard *

Carved Headboard

Today our little ~ foray ~ will be a funky new headboard design. well, sorta funky, ok,ok, so it really isn't so FUNKY at all, really it's more like a traditional meets southwest and has a carving offspring. Hmm. you know, I don't think that label is gonna work on the catalogue, what do you think? Maybe I will just stick with FUNKY NEW HEADBOARD DESIGN. Hehehehehe.

All RIGHT already, I'll get ON with it..... in a sec. :-D

As you know, if you've read through other projects, Tony is a stickler for maintaining his equipment, and that's what he is doing here. Also, note the knee panel saw turn-off. This is the safest design I've ever seen, (Tony made it himself, not hard to do, but wise) and we both recommend it. After-all, I am Madame Paranoid, & am constantly concerned about safety, and have often let him know that I LIKE his fingers & hands, don't want them removed suddenly by any forceful, accidental or stupid means, and as Tony always says " I like all my fingers too."

At any rate, that knee panel shut-off is key, he can easily use his knee or even foot to bump the saw off quickly & safely.

Here we have measurements for the arch & such going on. This piece will be constructed of alder & agathis, (Not sure of that wood name, but it's what the lumber yard called it, and it seemed to match grain pattern with alder somewhat closely) with black walnut pins.

Clamping the legs, this is a dry fit, to check for tolerances, etc.

Ahhhh, the unlovely, unloved, and largely thankless task of sanding. And yet, without it, no project is complete. In fact, sanding is almost half the labor time of any job, and cannot be cheated on. It helps make the difference between fishy & professional.

More sanding & clamping, you can see the walnut pins in the sides. Tony always prefers to use wooden pins & dowels, dovetails, & mortise & tenon joinery to screws & nails. Not only does it distinguish the piece, but it also provides a nice tight fit that won't rip out, get sheared or joggled loose.

Close-up of the walnut pins. These are funky shaped, (aHAH ~ see, there IS some FUNK in this headboard! :-P)

Here is the layout for the carving. It will be a very simple wheat sheaf, which will go nicely with the overall design of the client's bedroom.

Carving with a GRINDER? Yep, not only does it save time, but it also provides a burn accent which really picks up quite nicely when finished. Tony still always cleans up all carving with chisels, however, as there really is no substitute for it.

And VOILA! Here we have the finished headboard! Now this client did not want a footboard or rails, as they did not have a lot of extra leg room around the bed. This is the beauty of custom-made, if you only have 1 extra inch between your bed and your nightstands, & yet you want a headboard, you can still have one!!

This is a composite view, & the bottom pic is a close-up of the carving. It is a very simple carving, & yet, it will accent the client's decor perfectly.

I hope you have enjoyed this ~ Foray Into the Woodshop ~.


Gorilla Bananas said...

Welcome back, Ms Redhead. What pretty carvings! Your fella sure is good with his hands! I bet you knew that before you married him.

Kim Ayres said...

You're alive! Great to see you blogging again - welcome back :)

Catherine said...

Wow. You have a man that actually makes things and finishes them. I found your blog while doing some marketing work for my redheaded blog - www.aweekinthelifeofaredhead.com -and came accross you. Of course I had to say hello. I don't know where you live, but I am in the Wine Country of Northern California and the bear carvings remind me of Mendocino and the Northern California coastline.
I'll add you to my site.
The other redhead.

LeviZoe said...

heya hiya -- we're a blogging family -- It's really nice to get to see Tony's handiwork and kudos on the pics too... love your sis.

Lawanda said...


You know, we must be the same person from an alternate universe. Because I have four girls. I want red hair. I have a dh who is a woodworker, and getting ready to make a bed...although it is going to be a plain jane bed...and my dh's name is Kevin. Not Tony.

But hey, details shmetails. Isn't that cool? ;)

Well, I thought so anyhow!