What we used to make the headboard:
Plywood cut to size- 76 x 34 for a queen size bed with 7 inches on either side (so I can add lighting)
3 - 4 x 4 posts
3 - quarts Varathane Wood Stain in Iron Navy, Sunbleached and Grey
To begin we used the saw to cut the posts into three sizes. 1/2 inch, 1 inch and 1.5-inch pieces. Stacking them by size as we went.