Home Made Headboard

I designed and made this headboard for a friends mother. Its a very simple and cheap alternative to buying one from a shop.

I used softwood planks biscuit and glued together to create a finished board 2000mm x 800mm. I then created the curved decorative finish by using a template, router and top bearing cutter.

Create two posts and house out for the headboard to sit snuggling in, I then made two hook battens to place it firmly hooked onto the wall.

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Norm V Tommy!


Round 1 – Workshop Wars

While Tommy maybe a home grown product of our televised building heritage and the head honcho of the white van man revolution, it takes someone of an exceptional calibre to be considered in the same breath as Mr Norm Abram.

That said he is the closet thing we have to Norm and ultimately the only real contender on our side of the pond.

A mans workshop is a mans castle and if you’re going to build a castle, you better kit it out with a treasure trove of boys toys to cater for every project.

Tommy touched briefly on the creation of a bespoke workshop (and was maybe a little ambitious with the name) with his show Tommy’s Ultimate Workshop, unfortunately Norm and his New Yankee Workshop are in another league.

Norm’s clever layout combined with his never ending homemade selection of jigs, gives Norm the upper hand and its a clear win to big Norm in round one.

Check out the New Yankee Workshop @ http://www.newyankee.com 

I’ll just build her a Wendy House…….

Soooooo, our friends brought their daughter a Wendy House from a well known outlet store. It was plastic, small and relatively expensive. My first and only reaction as I stood baffled in their garden by this poor attempt at a Wendy House was to kick Wendy House ass and go big (I’m talking planning permission big).

After the initial light bulb moment and a few constructive chats with Mrs DadMade I scaled down the planned two storey concept to a more refined one storey cottage.

And so the Wendy House project was born!

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Welcome to DadMade

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog DadMade, where I hope to share with you all my tips, ideas and projects on creating some unique and bespoke items for the home.

As a qualified carpenter / joiner I have had the privilege of working for many companies on various projects. I now want to share this experience and hopefully inspire YOU to pick up a hammer and build the dream with me.