My first construction project

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Some of you may know that I’ve recently started building my own headboard and bed frame. I figured the next logical step from refurnishing old furniture, was to build something of my own. In need of both a headboard and bed frame, I thought this would be a good place to start.

It’s been several weeks of design, redesign, purchasing supplies, returning supplies, and purchasing the right supplies. This past weekend I had finally gathered all the correct supplies for my project and the drilling began.

The Steps:

1.Design your project

This might seem obvious, as you need to figure out what you want your final product to look like. After designing it, you can calculate the materials (in this case dimensions for the wood). It’s always wise to have a second set of eyes look at your calculations before purchasing material. Thank you (you know who you are).

Below is a very rough sketch of my project and not at all to scale. Still it allowed me to flesh out my idea and put to paper what I wanted it to look like.

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2. Buy your materials

The exact materials required will depend on your design. For me, I needed to get wood cut to the proper dimensions. I chose the cheapest dry wood the lumber yard had, with lots of knots (because I think they add character and look cool). Screws, wood glue, and sand paper were also purchased. I already had a power drill and wood stain at home from prior projects.

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3. Buy the Correct materials, returning the wrong ones. 😉

Then things got tricky. Turns out to connect the wood boards together like I wanted, I needed to drill them in at an angle (requiring a pocket jig). The jig then required a clamp and different size screws. Of course the clamp I bought didn’t fit my work table…so back to the store again. AND I didn’t realize I needed shorter screws right away…so yup one more trip to the hardware store.

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4. Construct your project

Yay I finally bought all the right supplies for my project and could start construction. Sanding the boards down with 120 grit sand paper was first. Followed by a thorough washing of the boards and allowing them to dry completely.

Next pre-drilling four holes per board allowed me to really master the pocket jig and quick release clamp. After pre-drilling, I glued the boards and screwed everything together.

That’s where I’m at now. I still need to sand the headboard one last time and apply the wood stain. After that’s complete I’ll construct the bed frame. While there’s still a little bit of work to complete the headboard, I’m happy to report it seems extremely sturdy when lifted (but heavy!).

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5. Enjoy 

I haven’t reached this stage yet as the project isn’t quite done. With limited free weekend and after work time, the project is taking longer than it would for someone who can commit larger chunks of time to it at once.

Goals for this week are to finish sanding and stain the headboard, and sand the bed frame wood prepping it for construction. 🙂

Tune in next week for updates!

In the meantime…my garden is growing thanks to all the sunny days we’ve been having!

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Radishes
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Tat Soi!

 

 


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