Queen Size Headboard Made Using a Tailgate From a 1930s Ford Truck

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DIY one of a kind Ford tailgate headboard by Vintage Headboards www.vintageheadboards.net
I've always wanted to make a custom tailgate headboard but could never find the right tailgate nor at the right price either. I wanted an old tailgate with character.
The first step was straightening the tailgate. Regardless of its age the tailgate was definitely designed to be Ford Tough. I had to run over it in two places with my truck to straighten it out. Then I sealed entire piece with water-based Polycrylic.
I made the decision to make it into a Queen Size headboard to I had to determine how much material to add to each side to make it work. I also knew that I wanted the headboard to be at least 55" to 57" tall so wood had to be added to the bottom to make up that difference. The bottom of the tailgate was sitting in the grass when I purchased it so additional wood was added to cover the missing bottom of the tailgate.


After the wood was selected I ran it through a thickness planer to make it just right. Before the assembly began all pieces needed to be pre-stained. I chose Kona knowing that I would be painting the accent pieces satin Black.
Once assembled I added the final details - two decorative blocks, 4 beefy bolt heads and a couple of trailer balls to be used to finish off the top.
This is the final product - ready to be anchored to any metal bed frame.
This is what the tailgate started out as when I purchased it.
Another pic of the original Ford tailgate before I worked my magic.
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  • Courtney Courtney on Aug 17, 2017
    I love this! I am on the hunt for a tailgate. I want to do this for my son's room. Where did you find your tailgate?

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  • DORA BARNES DORA BARNES on Aug 07, 2017
    I like it

  • Joanie Joanie on Aug 17, 2017
    THIS is a true imagination!!!!! I love it and I hope you enjoy it!! Good for a Man Cave.......I hope the wife likes it.......

    • Vintage Headboards Vintage Headboards on Aug 17, 2017
      Thank you for your feedback. It actually went into a young man's bedroom. You can see more of our work at www.vintageheadboards.net

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