Introduction: Hand Carved Bed Head

I have finally finished carving a bed head project that I decided to make. It is made out of MDF (medium density fibreboard) and stained with acrylic paint and boiled linseed oil. It has taken about 3 weeks to finish the project and cost about $35 all up to make -  that includes the MDF, the prints of the design from Officeworks and the screws from Bunnings. I found some timber in the shed that was perfect for making the legs so no cost there. It is Celtic knot inspired, and the symbols along the bottom are astrological symbols.

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woodmagnet (author)2012-02-23

Looks great, very well done.

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blkhawk (author)2012-02-07

Simply beautiful!

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Winged Fist (author)2012-02-05

PS You got my vote for the Furniture Challenge, and 5 stars! A question: Why not use a real wood, (oak or even pine) and why MDF? Just curious... and still looks great!

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Hi, thanks for the vote. I used MDF for a number of reasons. 1. Because it is cheap. 2. I could buy it in one sheet rather than having to join seperate boards together like I would have to with oak or pine. 3. It is easy to carve as it has no grain or knots. 4. The stain I use on it looks great, better than it looks of wood.

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Thanks for clarifying. The final product really is a work of art!

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Pfarmkid (author)2012-02-05

W...O...W

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eross-1 (author)2012-01-31

Sooooo pretty!

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aespie-whitburn (author)eross-12012-01-31

Thanks, glad you like it

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Winged Fist (author)2012-01-31

Another incredible work of art! My Donegal Irish tweed hat is off to you!;-)

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thanks for the compliment, I'm glad you like it

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adamazing (author)2012-01-31

What tools did you use to carve the design?

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Hi, I used a carving knife for tracing out the design and 2 different width bevelled chisels. I didn't use any gouges or v-tools

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