I have an old bedroom set, but certainly not antique. Headboard,
footboard, two nightstands, a dresser and a wall mirror. A very large
wall mirror. 51.5" wide and 31.5" high.
Got it from my Grandmother. If I had to guess, I would think it's 1960s
era manufacture. Hardwood, dark finish, brass drawer hardware with
phillips/slotted combo screws, drawer dovetails are clearly machined
and not handworked. Bed is a four poster, but nothing ornate or fancy
about any of the pieces. Just clean, simple lines and styling.
The headboard and footboard are full sized, but the wife and I have a
king sized bed. We use all the other pieces because they are in
extremely good condition, nice hardwood, and they look great.
I've been researching DIY info on how to construct a bed. Would it be
possible to "amend" the footboard and headboard to king sized
Basically, I'm thinking cut the headboard and headrail in half, edge
glue up 22" of wood to be "inserted" in the middle, dowels and edge
glue to connect the insert to the two halves of the headboard and
headrail, plane the bottom flat, then cut, route and sand the top of
the insert. Start looking into a finish that will match.
Rather than vainly and perhaps foolishly attempting to grain match, I
planned to orient the inserted sections with the grain vertical so
there's a clean break in the middle.
Will it hold together with just dowels and edge gluing? The footrail is
1.5" by 5", but the headrail is 0.75" by 6"
Thanks in advance for any and all thoughts and input.