Here is the post I promised, with more details about the headboard and nightstand I built for a friend. The past two weeks I have been immersed in The Builders Challenge, which is one of the reasons this post has been delayed. I will definitely be telling you all more about it soon.
When my friend approached me about building a headboard, and then a nightstand, I was excited at the chance to expand my building experiences. She chose two Ana White build plans, so a familiar style. Each piece had new (to me) aspects and challenges. An additional challenge was maneuvering around the still not quite finished shop/garage work.
Given my positive experiences with Weatherwash, I offered that as a finishing option, and she chose Rusted. I had read that most people like two coats, and I followed that recommendation. It really came out pretty.
The Simple Bed Plan headboard had slats that needed to be evenly spaced across the span of the horizontal boards. It took me a good amount of time checking and rechecking the measurements.
The center section came out looking great and was Fargo approved!
Probably the biggest hurdle was attaching that section to the uprights. The directions said to drill sideways, from the outside, through the 4×4 posts and into the vertical pieces. Tim helped me on this part and, not only could we not get a sturdy hold, but the screws broke off in the process of tightening. I thought the headboard was toast and I was going to have to salvage what I could and start over. Tim was great and he was able to saw the screws to detach the post. All I needed to do was an additional post, the center section was fine.
Between the two of us, we came up with the idea to add an additional cross piece, underneath the center section and we used pocket holes to very solidly attach it. the center section then had something to sit on, AND, best part, it actually tied beautifully into the design.
This piece is heavy and solid and I love the grain and knots in it. My next post will focus on the nightstand, which included drawer slides to mix things up.