We built this beautiful headboard for our daughter’s twin size bed. The beadboard headboard with a crown molding cap was our first official woodworking project. We only had a cheap miter saw and a borrowed circular saw.
I looked at a lot of different headboards online and really like the beadboard with a crown cap. I drew up a picture of what I wanted and TJ did some calculations and figured out what supplies we would need. I wish I had pictures of the progress, but I don't. We spent the weekend building and painting the headboard. It was a lot easier than I imagined and a fairly quick project.
We drilled a hole through the 4x4 post, then used bolts to attach the frame to the headboard. It worked perfectly. I was so impressed with my talented husband throughout the whole process. This was his first ever furniture/woodworking project. We were very limited with the tools we had, yet he still made it work. He's a perfectionist and he did everything the right way and didn't take a single shortcut. Not only that, but he made the entire headboard off of a measly picture I drew.
4 x 4 x 8 Douglas Fir S4S Lumber
1 x 3 x 6 Select Pine Lumber
3/4 in. x 49 in. x 97 in. Medium Density Fiberboard
32 sq. ft. Beadboard White V-Groove Panel
Woodgrain Millwork WM 49 3-5/8 in. x 8 ft Crown Moulding
7/16 in. x 3/4 in. Composite Plastic Baseshoe Moulding
(2) 3 1/2” x 3 ½” (4”x4” nominal) Douglas Fir Posts at 48”
(2) 2 1/2” x ¾” (3” x 1” nominal) Pine at 32 ½”
(1) 32 ½” x 30 ¾” Piece of ¾” MDF
(1) 44 ½” x 6” Piece of the ¾” MDF
(1) 32 ½” x 24 ¼” Piece of the 1/8” Beadboard Sheet
(1) 8’ piece of 3 5/8” crown cut to fit
(1) 10’ piece of ¾” x 7/16” shoe molding cut to fit
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Drill the proper pocket holes on the 1x3 piece and the MDF back piece with your pocket hole jig.
Place the headboard next to your Hollywood frame and trace the holes for the bolts. Use a drill to drill a hole larger than the bolts.
Paint the headboard with high quality furniture paint and then apply a clear coat of polyurethane.
Note: If the back of the headboard is going to be visible, it may be a good idea to cover the MDF with a 1/8 inch hardy board.