As you can tell these had been a set of rather hardworking pallets.
Initially we laid them out so that there would be a straight edge on either side.
After some minor deliberation we want with very mild offsets, less than 1 inch.
We then decided to give the whole headboard a stain. Looking back at the early pictures I think I prefer the contrast of the various wood tones but this colour went well with the bed set where it would eventually go.