Crib for Granddaughter

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Blog series by GrumpyCub updated 11-19-2020 01:15 PM 6 parts 3350 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Progress to date

10-23-2020 10:00 PM by GrumpyCub | 0 comments »

I’m using this blog to document my progress on building a crib for my 1st grandchild. It has long been a desire of mine to build a crib for a child or grandchild and I am so thankful for the opportunity. The goal is have to have true mortise and tenon joinery throughout, while being able to disassemble the crib for storage. Here we go! Purchased about 30 board feet of beautiful red oak for this project. Step one was to laminate some of the oak for the four legs. Onc...

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Part 2: Ship Lap Day

10-24-2020 09:53 PM by GrumpyCub | 4 comments »

Well today was all about ship lap.The first step to adding the ship lap to the headboard is to cut a dado into each of the headboard legs. The dado will not go all the way to the bottom so we have to create a stopped dado. I used my table saw to cut the dados, but as you can see, the curve of the table saw blade does not leave a clean, square stop to the dado. In the past I have used a chisel to square up the end of a stopped dado, and I did that here to remove the bulk of the w...

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Part 3: Holes, Holes, Holes

11-03-2020 10:37 PM by GrumpyCub | 1 comment »

This post likely will not be as exciting for the casual follower, it basically covers the drilling of numerous holes. The crib has two sets of holes that need to be drilled at this point. Set #1 – Mattress support bracket holes. The inside of each leg will receive 4 holes. A brass insert will be inserted into each hole so that a bolt can be threaded in to hold the mattress support. Here I am just showing the holes drilled into the rear legs. This picture shows the co...

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Part 4: Building and Installing the Mattress Support

11-07-2020 06:55 PM by GrumpyCub | 0 comments »

With all the holes drilled, it’s time to build the mattress support. The support itself is just a rectangle. I’ve seen plans that call for a piece of plywood with hardwood edge banding. I had plywood left over from making the ship lap, but it was not long enough to make a solid platform. Rather than buy more plywood, I opted to construct a solid frame, and then cut the plywood I have into slats. This allowed me to use the material I had on hand, and also I think it goes well with ...

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Part 5: Odds and Ends

11-15-2020 01:42 PM by GrumpyCub | 0 comments »

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...

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Part 6: The Big Finish

11-19-2020 01:15 PM by GrumpyCub | 0 comments »

Well it’s done. Stain is on and all the finishing touches are complete. After staining (Minwax Classic Gray) and 3 coats of clear (Equal parts Tung Oil, Mineral Spirits, Satin Poly) I added adjustable feet to each leg. Next I installed an LED strip light to the underside of the mattress support. My thought was it could make a handy nightlight for those night time feedings etc. This has been a very special build for me, and I thank all who have taken the time...

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