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Offline sofa_king_rad

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Headboard Footboard design feedback
« on: November 01, 2016, 06:45 PM »
I know his is simple, but it's my first projector for furniture going in the house. This is a twin size day bed.

Originally I was planning to do a cross board also and have 4 panels, but I also need to speed up the project and curious of feedback with just the vertical and 2 panels. I will route out a slot for the panels, but for now it's just laying on plywood to give an idea.




And of course any other suggestions or feedback. The top cap is just to show that there will be some sorts of cap on top. As of now the plan is to paint.

Should I sand individual peices or assembly then sand?
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Offline Steve Rowe

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Re: Headboard Footboard design feedback
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 10:21 PM »
It is hard to gage size in the photo and this may be personal preference but, the height seems too tall.  Be sure to consider the height of your mattress and box spring as this can dramatically affect the overall appearance (not to mention getting in and out of the bed).  Consider a taper or other detail on the lower portion of the legs to give a lighter appearance to the assembly.

Definitely sand before assembly but be sure not to affect the joinery.

Hope this helps,
Steve

Offline neilc

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Re: Headboard Footboard design feedback
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2016, 11:56 PM »
You might want to chamfer the corners of the rails and perhaps the legs to soften them a bit.  A 1/8" chamfer with a bearing-guided bit in a router is easy to do. 

Assume you have accounted for being able to sit on the day-bed and have your arm comfortable at the top height as a rest - or even for holding a drink on the wide ledge

Nice to see you are proceeding with this.  it's been awhile!

Online Holmz

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Re: Headboard Footboard design feedback
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2016, 04:21 AM »
You might want to chamfer the corners of the rails and perhaps the legs to soften them a bit.  A 1/8" chamfer with a bearing-guided bit in a router is easy to do. 
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^just takes one foot into it, or a headlong fall, and the sharp edge will be start some claret a-flowin.^
A piece of sandpaper is really all you need, but this I want to try: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?c=&p=32682&cat=1,230,41182,41200
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http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/Radius-Plane-8p9969.htm
https://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-W1100-Slickplane/dp/B0000DD0TK
You may only want 1-mm radius which is 180 grit and a few gentle rubs.


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And of course any other suggestions or feedback. The top cap is just to show that there will be some sorts of cap on top. As of now the plan is to paint.

Should I sand individual pieces or assembly then sand?

I would sand it all first, or you will need a corner sander.

If you are hemming and hawing between painting and staining, then why not investigating doing both?
I would look at a milk paint for the panels, and do the timber in a clear or a stain...
That could look pretty nice.
I would definitely do all the finish on the panels before the glueing up.

If it goes where there are kids, food, wine or tea, then some slick/gloss finish will aid in cleaning.

(Or one could also stain or dye the panels to a different color.)

That project is starting to come together.

Offline sofa_king_rad

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Re: Headboard Footboard design feedback
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2016, 11:48 AM »
Thanks for all the feedback.

While I call this a daybed, it might not be. I called it that because the headboard and footboard will be the same and the bed is intended to go with the long side of the bed against the wall, not the headboard. It's a twin size bed for my daughter in her bedroom.

The head and foot board panels come down to only 5 inches above the ground to help hide a trundle bed that will roll underneath. The rails for the mattress will be about 12-14" from the ground. Overall the top of the head/foot board is about 40". Per my wife's request :D

I do plan to route off the edges for style and to soften it a bit and make it less of an injury maker.

I was planning to route out a groove all the way around for the plywood panel to sit 'centered' in the cross beams, so that the style of the headboard is the same on front and back. Any tips on doing this?
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Online Holmz

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Re: Headboard Footboard design feedback
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2016, 05:52 PM »
I would mark it all up, dry assemble it and check that the marks are aligned.

You could use the plunge saw even and clean it up with a chisel at the ends.

How old is the daughter?
You either want kiddy proof paint (cleanable), or have her to help brush it on, if she is older than 3 or 4. Yeah it'll look bad, but it will be hers and she'll love it.