Haidyn's Crib #4, End Assemblies & Top Caps, Bent Moldings & Trim Pieces

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Blog entry by ND2ELK posted 05-25-2010 10:38 PM 11280 reads 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The end assemblies are made the same way as the head board assembly. You can refer to the pictures in blog #3.

Step 1. After cutting the pieces for the end assemblies to finished size, I laid out the slats and doweled them to the bottom and top boards. The bottom board and slats are glued, but the wide top board and slats are not; again, I had to remember to work from the center out.

Step 2. The next step was to cut the curve on the bottom of the top board. I marked the center of the board and lined it up with the center of the smaller jig. I traced the curve on the board and cut close to the line with a jig saw. I then clamped the board to the jig and routed it to the curve on the jig. Before I cut the board, I drilled the dowel holes deeper to mark where the slats would be.

Step 3. I then had to figure out the length of the slats. I did this by laying out where the legs went and moved the top board down 2 ½” from the top of the legs and marked where the slats hit the top board.

Step 4. I was able to slide the slats into the smaller jig and mark the contour on each slat. I used the jigsaw to cut off close to the lines. I then lined up the marks with the jig and routed the slats flush with the jig.

Step 5. After that, I glued the slats to the top board – the jig allowed me to get a nice fit.

Step 6. After the sub assembly was dry, I doweled the short leg to the top and bottom boards. The longer leg is attached to the end assemblies with threaded inserts and connector bolts.

The top caps, bent moldings and trim pieces were glued up using the two jigs.

The headboard assembly will need one top cap, two pieces of bent molding, and two trim pieces. The end assemblies will need just top caps.

I am in the process of attaching these pieces to the headboard and end assemblies.

After this is done, I will finish sanding all the assemblies and bore all the holes for the connector bolts, threaded inserts and cross dowels.

I also need to make the guard rail for the toddler bed and the bed rails and slats for the full size bed.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 10:46 PM

Tom great job you’re a Master I which I was half as good as you…thanks for posting

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 10:51 PM

Tom that is magnifisant you are a wonderful craftsman

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 10:58 PM

excellent work , tom .
and the step by step is very well documented .
thank you for that .

it is nice when you can do it ,
without the customer looking at you and his watch too .

a real heirloom !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 11:06 PM


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

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 11:24 PM

Not many of us Hawkeyes do work as good as this.

-- Raker from Des Moines

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 11:43 PM

Beautiful Tom, super blog and the crib is so nicely done .


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#7 posted 05-25-2010 11:55 PM

Looking great Tom! Its going to be an awesome grib when you get it all finished up!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 05-26-2010 01:21 AM

I very much enjoyed this post. Thanks

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 05-26-2010 01:21 AM

Beautiful work, Tom.

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#10 posted 05-26-2010 02:00 AM

A real pleasure to watch you work.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#11 posted 05-26-2010 04:19 AM

Hi Tom;

Excellent workmanship on a beautiful project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 05-26-2010 08:19 AM

Its looking great Tom, this is going to be the nicest crib, cant wait to see it finished.

-- 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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#13 posted 10-03-2010 07:09 PM

Great job you are a real craftsman nice job .

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#14 posted 12-03-2015 04:39 AM

Hey just had a question. Im making a crib close to yours and new to wood working. How did you do the molding at the bottom of the top cap piece? Is that just bent pieces with smaller widths then the top then u just routered them?

Look for to hearing from you

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