I made this headboard to highlight the beetle kill pine without looking like it belonged in a log cabin.
The frame is designed to be used with a low profile queen size box spring (about 6 inches tall).
1in x 3in x 6ft Select Pine Boards (Qty: 3) $24
2in x 2in x 8ft Select Pine Boards (Qty: 4) $36
1in x 8in x 6ft Select Pine Boards (Qty: 1) $13
1x6 Blue Stain Tongue and Groove $20 (I needed 8 slats, which could be cut from 4 10 foot pieces, but I used 8 8 foot pieces. There was more waste, but it made it easier to get straight and clean pieces.
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal (I bought a quart, probably only needed a pint.) $18
1in x 8in x 6ft Select Pine (Qty: 2) $26
1in x 8in x 8ft Select Pine (Qty: 2) $32
2in x 2in x 8ft Select Pine (Qty: 4) $36 (two of these are for the center supports, so you could get away with lower quality lumber)
Bed Rail Brackets (or similar) $16
Circular Saw with Cross Cut Jig (or table saw)
Drill and Driver
Counter Sink Bit
Step 1: Headboard Frame
Frame the face of the head board with the 1x3's and the 1x8. I used pocket screws and glue at each but joint.
I glued and screwed the 2x2's along the back of the frame. The 2x2's are screwed on with countersunk cabinet screws.
I finished off the inside of the frame with a 45 degree chamfer.
Step 2: Headboard Slats
Sand all the slats before installing.
Screw in the slats.
If you are careful with the glue ups, the select pine requires little finish sanding. Before attaching the headboard to the frame I finished all parts with 3 coats of the Arm-R-Seal.
Step 3: Frame
The 'footboard' is two 1x8's glued and screwed together. Each leg is 3 1x3's glued together and screwed.
The side rails of the bed (80 inches long) are made from 1x8's with 2x2's glued and screwed along the bottom with countersunk cabinet screws (same as in step 2). The side rails are attached with surface mount bed rail brackets.
The two center support rails are made from 2x2's, and attach to the footboard and headboard with L-brackets.