A Different Kind of Chunky

Submitted by TxDork76 on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 21:11

This was my first woodworking project.

The inspiration for the project came from the "Dark Mahogany Chase Chunky" headboard from World Market. At $300 (at the time) it was out of my price range. But after looking at it for a while, I decided I could do it myself.

I used and modified several of Ana White's headboard plans to come up with the final (rough) idea.

I used 3 2x3 boards for the frame, a 3/4" thick piece of plywood for the body (which I had cut at the hardware store) and a 1x2 to top the plywood. I was just going to paint the whole thing but I found these bamboo placemats and decided to incorporate them into the project. At $1 each why not? I used 3/4"x1/2" S4S Moulding for the grid.

the cost of materials was about $66 but I had enough plywood left over for another headboard.

Estimated Cost
About $55
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used
Rustoleum Painter's Finish 2x in dark walnut satin finish. Semi-gloss spray poly.
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project



Sat, 04/13/2013 - 10:07

Oh my goodness I so love this!!!!! Do you have more detailed directions/plans???? I want to make it!!

In reply to by dinifam


Mon, 04/22/2013 - 16:11

I really took a lot of ideas from different headboard plans from Ana's site and from what I could figure out about the headboard from World Market.

I used 1x3's at 48" for the sides and a 1x3 at 52" for the cross rail attached with glue and 2 2-1/2" PH screws (1 1/2" PHs) on each side. I also used a 1x2 at 52" to "cap" the plywood using just brad nails and glue

I had the 3/4" plywood cut to 52"x30" at the hardware store. The plywood started at 13.5" up from the bottom. It's attached to the side rails with 7 1-1/4" PH screws (3/4" PHs) per side.

The placemats I found were 18"x13" so 4 fit across just fine. I've also found other vinyl placemats w/ awesome designs that could work.

I used 3/4"x1/2" S4S Moulding to basically just cover the seems though I think any kind of small moulding could work. I used brad nails to attach them (next time I may do it from behind so there are no nail holes to fill).

Here's a picture of another headboard I'm making w/ a similar design but with a larger gap so the side rails are at 52" instead of 48". http://i.imgur.com/nGH369f.jpg http://i.imgur.com/N8ARznD.jpg

I'm painting this one as well. I think if I were going to stain it, I'd opt for a nice birch or oak plywood instead and do the wood conditioner first so the stain goes on a bit more even.