Attaching a headboard to the wall adds a backrest while providing side shelving.
Step 1: Paint the Features
Step 2: Secure the Edging
Step 3: Attach the Squares
Step 4: Secure the Shelves
Written by Frank Gardner
Position the backing squares on the center of the decorative squares, secure with construction adhesive and leave to dry. Use 180-grit sandpaper to smooth and round the edges of the squares and side shelves then apply two coats of acrylic wash.
On the edging drill and countersink 1/16-in. pilot holes 16-in. apart. Apply wood glue along the surround to position the side edging, securing with wood screws, secure the top, leave to dry then apply two coats of clear polyurethane.
To space the squares accurately, make a T-shaped spacing jig by joining two 2 3/4-in. wide 1/2-in. plywood offcuts using super glue; then, apply construction adhesive to the back of the squares and position them using the spacing jig.
Mark the position of the shelves to drill 5/16-in. clearance holes through the headboard, then 3/16-in. pilot holes into the shelves. Push 1/4-in. lag screws through the headboard, add two washers then tighten the screws and secure the shelves.
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