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kostas

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02-11-2019 08:44 PM

Hi, I have just signed-in to ask about building a curved bed headboard like the one below:

Do you guys have any idea of how could I do this?

Thanks in advance.


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LesB

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#1 posted 02-11-2019 10:26 PM

Veneer applied over a frame work support.

-- Les B, Oregon

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kostas

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#2 posted 02-12-2019 09:14 AM

Can this be done without air vacuum press?
I have never applied venner on a panel so I am wondering if I can avoid buying vaccum press etc.

Also, how could a veneer be applied to the top of the bed head where the edge is rounded?

Thanks again.

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#3 posted 02-12-2019 12:06 PM

You could apply it without a vacuum setup, with rubber cement and a roller etc, but a vacuum bag and pump would make it easier and improve the end result.

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kostas

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#4 posted 02-12-2019 12:13 PM



You could apply it without a vacuum setup, with rubber cement and a roller etc, but a vacuum bag and pump would make it easier and improve the end result.

- BlueRidgeDog

Thanks for the reply,
what about the upper top of the headboard where the edge is rounded? How could the veneer be applied on such a steep corner without breaking?

Thanks.

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John Smith

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#5 posted 02-12-2019 01:10 PM

veneer is very thin with a paper backing – if you can mold
a piece of paper around a mayonnaise jar, you can do this project.

I do not have a design program. but maybe another member can
help you out with a simple drawing for building the curved part of the headboard.
if you do not have any experience with wood veneer, or laminating in general, it would
be best if you do some research into just how veneer is made and how it is applied.
everyone has their own source to purchase veneer as well as their own techniques
for applying and finishing veneer projects. there are tons of videos (good and bad)
on YouTube on how to apply veneer to flat surfaces. Look for some “round” projects.
here is just one Veneer Source
what I would do: is find a nice pressed wood molding applique for the ends of the frame
and make the wood frame that size. that would help tie your craftsmanship together
for a really nice project instead of just plain side ends or trying to find something to fit
after it is made.

this is not a difficult project. but ~ if you have limited space to work in, with limited tools,
you may find it very frustrating. A laminate project of this size is not a one man job.
it will involve at least some prior laminating experience (Formica, etc) and a few speciality tools.
the veneer is the very last thing to go onto the bed. so I strongly suggest you build your bed first.
then come back here for assistance on veneer application and finishing.
best of luck in your project.

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-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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rwe2156

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#6 posted 02-12-2019 02:15 PM

Bendable ply over a framework.

I don’t see any way to veneer it other than a vaccuum press.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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kostas

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#7 posted 02-12-2019 02:20 PM



veneer is very thin with a paper backing – if you can mold
a piece of paper around a mayonnaise jar, you can do this project.

I do not have a design program. but maybe another member can
help you out with a simple drawing for building the curved part of the headboard.
if you do not have any experience with wood veneer, it would be best if you
do some research into just how veneer is made and how it is applied.
everyone has their own source to purchase veneer as well as their own techniques
for applying and finishing veneer projects. there are tons of videos (good and bad)
on YouTube on how to apply veneer to flat surfaces. Look around for round projects.
here is just one Veneer Source
what I would do: is find a nice pressed wood molding applique for the ends
of the frame and make the wood frame that size. that would help tie your craftsmanship
together for a really nice project instead of just plain side ends or trying to find something to fit
after it is made.

.

- John Smith

Thanks for your reply,
I think that building the frame is the first thing to consider about. I imagine it to consists of 4 shaped beams on which a plywood panel will be attached.
But then, what about the top? Should I make a wide and long dowel from beech wood and nail the plywood panel onto it somehow.
I think I need a bit more detailed info about implementation.

Thanks again.

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BlueRidgeDog

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#8 posted 02-12-2019 02:33 PM



Bendable ply over a framework.

I don t see any way to veneer it other than a vaccuum press.

- rwe2156

Assuming you have the base ready and glued and you start the veneer at the bottom and roll it up, then work around the curve it could work, but for the expense of the veneer and the wood, I would bag it and vacuum.

Alternatively you could make it out of laminated strips of solid wood.

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John Smith

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#9 posted 02-12-2019 05:28 PM

maybe you should share a little bit more about yourself.
what is your location ?
skill level ? can you actually build the bed yourself ?
what tools do you have access to ?
do you have anyone to help you ? do you have plans for the bed construction ?
as I noted – the veneer is the very last step in your building project.
with the proper frame for the curved top, the veneer will fold
right over it without a vacuum press using several options for
the adhesive: contact cement, like laying plastic laminate.
hide glue will afford you more flexibility in case there is an issue with alignment.
long grain veneer will fold over the form like stiff heavyweight kraft paper.
once you have your bed completely built, you should spend a lot of time “dry fitting”
the veneer into place until you get the hang of it. . . . . . build your bed frame first.
then build your headboard. without those two projects completely done, there is no
need to worry about the veneer.

  • to clarify information about the vacuum system for veneer:
    the most common types of veneer comes in strips from 4 to 8 inches wide.
    so it is just about necessary to apply veneer to a rounded form with a vacuum press
    if you go that route. what I am referring to is the veneer that is factory produced
    in a 4’x8’ sheet like a door skin but very, very thin that will take sharp bending
    and hand forming much easier.

.

if you are having a problem with building the curved part at the top, there is a pre-made
item called a Basement Column Wrap – available at Home Depot and other Box Stores.
once you have the skeleton of the headboard constructed, you could use this wrap
to form the rounded part. Just glue and staple it into place and that pretty much builds
the custom rounded part. then, it is just a lot of sanding and fine-tuning.

.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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kostas

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#10 posted 02-14-2019 10:06 AM

Hi guys,
thank you for your time trying to answering my questions.
In order for me to understand the procudure better, I made a 3D design of the frame.

Is this a good frame to start with? Could I glue and screw ply wood and then apply veneer on ply?
Thanks.

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LesB

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#11 posted 02-14-2019 06:55 PM

Good start on the frame. Spacing would be dependent on the thickness of your veneer layers.
I think I would apply a base of thin plywood before applying the final veneer.

-- Les B, Oregon

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kostas

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#12 posted 02-14-2019 08:49 PM



Good start on the frame. Spacing would be dependent on the thickness of your veneer layers.
I think I would apply a base of thin plywood before applying the final veneer.

- LesB

Do you mean that before the thin plywood you would apply a thicker one? Or would you apply the thin plywood directly on the frame?

Thanks.

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John Smith

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#13 posted 02-14-2019 09:16 PM

what kind of tools do you have or have access to ??
what kind of building and woodworking experience do you have ?
what part of the world do you live in ?

the veneer you will probably use is paper thin.
try to think of how you would wrap a piece of roofing felt
over your frame. the more rigid the frame is, the less movement
you will have later on – creating all kinds of unwanted issues.
like when you build a house . . . . the roofing shingles do not have
a lot of strength. but when nailed to the roof, they do their job.
your frame must be extremely solid and sound prior to applying any
kind of finish to it – especially wood veneer.

.

.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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kostas

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#14 posted 02-14-2019 09:33 PM


what kind of tools do you have or have access to ??

I do not have vacuum press.
I have CNC machine and I can find hand tools and glues for applying veneer on frame.

Thanks.

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kostas

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#15 posted 02-15-2019 09:30 AM


what kind of building and woodworking experience do you have ?

I have built double beds before made from 100% beech wood, with engraved decorations (see attachments below) but have not veneered in headboards/frames before.


what part of the world do you live in ?

I live in Greece.

Thanks.

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