Crib for Granddaughter #5: Odds and Ends

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Blog entry by GrumpyCub posted 11-15-2020 01:42 PM 407 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Building and Installing the Mattress Support Part 5 of Crib for Granddaughter series Part 6: The Big Finish »

We are getting close to the end of this project, but as with all projects, there are a few odds and ends that need doing before we can apply finish and call it done.

I disassembled the entire crib and sanded all the parts first with 80 grit through to 220 grit. In addition to sanding, all of the sharp edges needed to be knocked off. Momma has a particular style that she desires for this crib which means it still needs to look square, but we can’t have those hard edges on my grandbaby’s crib, so…

This little block plane does not see much use in my shop as I usually grab a #4, but it was perfect for this job.

Just taking a hair off the edges.

I was not happy with the amount of give in the mattress support I made. I had visions of babies bouncing and then CRACK! goes the the mattress support. So I added a center rail to strengthen it up some.

The last two pieces (I thought) that needed to be made for the crib were the top rails for the head and foot boards. These span the length of the crib and cover the end grain of the leg posts. Since they just sit on top, I had to use mechanical fasteners to hold them on.

To cover the screws, I cut these tapered plugs from some walnut that was harvested from family land belonging to this baby’s great, great, uncle. Kinda cool. :-)

Remember when I said I though those were the last pieces to make? Well after looking things over, I realized that the ship lap would give if you push on it. Again, visions of babies pushing on the headboard and getting fingers trapped plagued my mind.

After consulting the experts (wife, daughter-in-law, son), it was decided that I would put I barn door style “x” on the back of the headboard to stop the ship lap from moving.

Finally ready for finish. Thanks for reading!

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