I chose a headboard design of mine (sorry to my husband, the pattern has many intricate details that need to be programmed into software before a machine cuts it out). It is a "portman" shaped headboard filled with my favorite geometric pattern- depending on the way you look at it, you can see hexagons, rhombuses, stars & cubes!
The design is first programmed into software connected to a CNC machine (a gigantic machine the size of a bedroom that uses a series of router bits to cut the design out of a sheet of material). The first photo shows the result of the material cut my the machine- it was a huge rectangular sheet of material starting out.
Knocking and filing the little geometric pieces is quite a laborious process & takes some time (thank goodness my husband has so much patience!)
And ta-da! All built!
So many hours...that my husband jumped in to help!
The little geometric cut-outs needed to be knocked out and filed.
Next the pieces needed to be wood-glued and pinned together.
Besides holding pieces in place and grabbing coffee's, I was able to paint! Painting in all of the openings from the geometric pattern was very laborious as well, so it took quite a few hours.
Once the paint was dry we drove it home and installed it! (it is supported on the wall by two small ledge hooks)
This was such a fun experience for me; It is very rewarding to have a design go from paper to product. It would not have been possible without my husband's support of my creative wonder. A huge thank you to Provincial Woodworkers Ltd. for the use of their machinery & tools. Provincial Woodworkers' team manufactures custom commercial and architectural millwork for institutional, commercial and residential projects. Their sister company, Provincial Lab Systems, manufactures custom furnishings and equipment for laboratories. Their modern shop is located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, but they ship across North America. Visit their site for more information, or call them for a quote!
Hope you've enjoyed!