I hate chucking good wood away.
Whenever I need to buy it, I always gasp with shock at the price.
So when I started making my own headboard, it wasn’t anything like the one I ended up with. I originally planned on copying a hotel design of plain birch plywood with some fixed cushioned sections for the head.
But after my fiance insisted I should use up wood I already had, it meant I had to resort to covering some ugly OSB with fabric, so I shelved the idea.
Then after I ordered some fencing for my last project, I was left with three pallets I couldn’t part with and eventually decided to try a chevron table design as a headboard instead.
Why I kept procrastinating over it though, was whether I could securely hang it on the wall without the risk of dropping on us.
Thankfully, I had some recommendations in a Facebook group to use a French cleat (as I show in my video below). So once I’ve worked out how to do this, I was away!
I was fairly confident about gluing and nailing it to a board. I’ve been hammering things in to wood since I was a little nipper. But finding a thick enough backing where the nails wouldn’t show through was important important (and not using nails that were too short for good grip).
Then I realised, if I laid out some adjacent strips of my old IKEA Billy Bookcase (more wood I couldn’t part with) and attached pallet strips in the opposite direction on top, it would all fix together.
What I loved about this idea was:
• It was afforable
• Gave us more space in the shed
• Recycled to cut down waste
• Allowed me to practice new techiques
• If I made a mistake, it didn’t matter
• Used up my growing tester pot collection
So, to make life easier for me and you, I filmed every stage on how I made it for visual learners like me!
But here’s a list of what I used:
• Old IKEA Billy Bookcase (extremely common & can be found cheap on ebay): http://ebay.eu/2lTnOda
• Pallet wood 30mm Panel pins: http://amzn.to/2AmIrBI
• 40mm Panel pins: http://amzn.to/2hIVOUY
• Caberfix T&G Glue: http://bit.ly/2AjJphU
• Black & Decker Jigsaw: http://amzn.to/2zjnY2F
• Dewalt Mitre saw (or just use a mitre block and hand saw): http://amzn.to/2zjI8JP
• Makita Belt Sander: http://amzn.to/2zybV2u
• Chisel from this set: http://bit.ly/2xDoeZz
• Titan Hand Sander: http://bit.ly/2zfojne
• Respirator: http://amzn.to/2j54TLD
• Paint tester pots from all kinds of places! Annie Sloan dark wax: http://bit.ly/2y2MjcY
• Lint free cloth/rag
• Applied with a rag Rustoleum Clear Wax: http://amzn.to/2AmKxS6
• Spirit level: http://amzn.to/2AkG821
• 2 x planed trims from B&Q (34mm x 44mm x 2400mm): http://bit.ly/2A9MNuV
TOTAL SPEND: £10.15 as I had everything else already
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