What will become the headboard of the bed is the tall / wall side of the crib. This week we have sanded all of the legs and rails and spindles.
The headboard has three flat panels. They are glued up from two 5mm (not quite 1/4″) thick sheets of oak veneer plywood. The front facing side has the same quarter sawn white oak veneer as the dressers and the back side is rotary cut white oak . I did change form 2 panels to 3 to accommodate the size of the plywood off cuts from the dressers and in the end, I do think it looks better with 3 than with 2.
The panels were glued together with TiteBond Cold Press veneer glue and placed in the vacuum press to cure. Vacuum time was 1.5 hours. They were then left in the bag for another 3 hours and then removed and placed on stickers to dry further. This is critical. If you simply take the pieces out and lay them on a flat surface they will cup badly due to the moisture leaving faster via the uncovered top.
The top rail assembly for the back was similar to the front with the dado (facing right) cut prior to assembly.
The Workmate is the handiest way to hold an assembly like this. The top and bottom rails are placed first and the gap measured (at least twice) and then the length including depth of the dadoes is added prior to cutting all of the pieces to length. The dividers have tenons on the end and dadoes on the sides, so the panels are retained all around. The end gaps are 2″ to conform to safety standards.
Next comes test assembly of the footboard and shaping of the top rails