Arched top bed paneled headboard and footboard with bench


Arched Headboard and Footboard with built on bench made of cherry and panels made with curly yellow birch.

This page list the procedures and setups used to make this headboard and foot board that incorporated a bench into the design. This allowed the footboard to become freestanding. 

Following are some photos taken during the process’ involved to create this headboard and footboard with built on bench.

The reason for the bench being attached to the foot board is to allow for the footboard to be freestanding.

Side boards were not to be used and the headboard was to be attached to the metal frame.

I needed something to help hold the 12 inch boards against the band saw fence.
I made a short feather board out of 5/4 stock and drilled a 1/2″ hole in the end which is slightly larger than the rod that is attached to my dial indicator base.
I used duct tape (think Red Green) to hole the feather board on the rod. The duct tape has enough flexibility that it  allows the feather board to adjust the work piece as the board is being run through the saw.

This is the method I used to make the panels for the headboard and footboard of the bed.

I used 1/4 inch for the core with the grain running in the opposite direction as the curly yellow birch i was to apply to it.

After applying the glue to the panel I taped the sandwich on the sides and ends to keep thm from moving and laid them on a piece of 3/4 inch plywood on the floor.

Then stacked another sandwiched panel on top of the first one.

Corners of the frames have been squared out to accept the curly yellow birch panels.

These are the panels that will be installed into the footboard frame.

These are the 1/4″ x 1/4 inch moldings that will be used to hold the panels in the openings from the back.

There are 80 pieces of molding to cut which will equate to 160 angle cuts.
These angles are 48-3/4 degrees and  41-1/2 degrees

Installing the cap on the footboard

The bench was constructed using dovetail and mortise and tenon joinery.