About nine months ago I made a very simple platform bed from two-by-fours with the intention of creating a great headboard to attach to the back. Months passed and this weekend I finally found the burst of energy I needed to build it. All together the headboard was about $80, plus some sweat and swear words. I bought a large piece of 3/4 inch thick plywood and a whole bunch of thin strips of poplar from the lumber section at Lowes. I cut the poplar to the right size with a hand saw and lined the plywood with the strips. Then I sanded everything down with 100 to 400 grit sand paper, stained it and sealed it.