My fourth (and final) Heirloom Crib

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Project by dbkmd posted 04-28-2015 05:58 AM 1383 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally! My youngest daughter’s first baby will have a place to sleep now. This one is made from Red Gum with Brazilian Tigerwood (goncalo alves) accents. It’s the same plan that I used for the three previous ones. Now off to different projects….

It’s likely to be the last project that I willingly do with red gum, though. The wood finishes beautifully and has a lot of rich grain variation, but it’s very brittle and unforgiving. When I do a woodworking project I need a lot of forgiveness, too, and not just because of my language.

-- David

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 02:05 AM

Awesome joinery!! I know from experience how difficult it is to get all those slats to match in all those slots, not easy at all.
Your project shines with high quality.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 04:09 AM

Thanks exelectrician; I appreciate your comments. It took me 4 tries, but I finally wised up and built a cutting jig (step & repeat style) and cut all those little spacers at once, leaving them linked together by a 1/8” strip of uncut wood. Then I glued them into the slots on the ends and gate rails and the slats automatically fit perfectly. I just wish I would have thought of that approach earlier.

-- David

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 10:40 AM

This is obviously great work, and a beautiful finished piece, but having a 1-year old son myself, as I was looking through the pictures/prices I couldn’t help but think that it’s an awful lot of money and effort put into something you’ll use for maybe 3 years tops.

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#4 posted 04-30-2015 04:57 PM

Thanks Nicoli; Given the fact that this will be my 8th grandchild (I have 4 daughters), each crib will have been used for at least 2 children. That would be 6 years by your calculation. Since they are really a sturdy piece of furniture, they should last for several generations, and those kids will, one day, be fighting over whose baby gets to use them. At least I won’t be involved in those disputes by then.

One of my daughters is suggesting that I make a piece that will replace the springs so that it can temporarily be used as a kid’s desk until it needs to be used as a crib again. I think that will be a relatively simple modification that should extend its life considerably.

-- David

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#5 posted 05-04-2015 08:53 PM

Great job on the Last Crib. Some wood can be a challange to deal with and can really Expand your Vocabulary.

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