Haidyn's Crib #1, The Design Phase

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Blog entry by ND2ELK posted 04-22-2010 01:08 AM 11705 reads 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My only daughter is having her first baby due in July. I told her I wanted to build a 4-in-1 crib for the baby. Needless to say, she said yes, and asked if I could build a matching six-drawer dresser as well. She wants the pieces made out of cherry and stained walnut.
The first thing we did was agree on a design that she liked and I felt I could build. Whenever I build something with greater detail, I like to make some shop sketches. This helps me to figure out how I am going to build it, the overall dimensions, size of the parts, and make a cutting list. The cross section sketch gives me an idea of what moldings will look like and what cutters I will need to make them. These moldings will go on the dresser, headboard and front assemblies. I need to still figure out the parts for the toddler guard rail and full size bed rails and slats yet. I am going to wait until the sub-assemblies are built to do that. The only wood parts I need to buy are the bun feet, wood knobs, and turned columns, because I do not have a lathe.
The next step is to build a jig to form the wood for the curved moldings. Making the curved moldings is going to be the most time consuming part of this whole project and I want to get it out of the way.
Because my daughter lives in California and I live in Iowa, I am planning on doing a blog series so she can see the progress I am making. I hope others will enjoy seeing how I go about building these pieces.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 01:16 AM

Thats a nice design.

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 01:21 AM

I know by the work you do it is going to look great.
You know Tom I build a 5 drawer dresser with a mirror for one of my grand daughter and it makes you feel good inside because you’re doing it for someone you love.

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#3 posted 04-22-2010 01:35 AM

Hi Tom;

Looks like a fun project.

I agree, it is fun to build things for loved ones.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 04-22-2010 11:07 AM

Wow very nice sketches. I can see you are good at designing and visualizing what you plan to build.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 01:11 PM

Great sketches. Mine usually look like stick people, more of an idea than a sketch. One thing I can tell you is your daughter well love that you built it and your grandson will alway cherish it. Be sure to sign and date it somewhere…..oh…..I also have a grandson named Hayden.


-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 05:31 PM

looking good

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#7 posted 05-04-2010 03:45 AM

Congratulations Grand Dad! It is going to be a beautiful piece. I really like the design of the base.

I built a bed once from a plan that had the same evenly spaced vertical slats. There was an ingenious technique for spacing the slats. I cut a 1/4 inch grove in the ends of the bottom and top rails. The slats were 1/8 inch thick. I cut a 1/4 inch strip to fit in the channel cut previously and then cut 1/8 inch notches in the strips to receive the 1/8 inch slats. This kept me from dealing with individual glue blocks between each slat and saved a lot of time. This required a Dado blade on my saw and a jig like you might use for a finger joint box….very easy.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#8 posted 05-30-2010 02:43 PM

Great looking plans! I look forward to seeing the final project posts!!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 05-30-2010 08:11 PM

This should be great Tom, never a worry with someone who has you great skills.

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