Land of Nod #1: Roughing it out...

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Blog entry by byerbyer posted 01-13-2014 03:34 PM 1788 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Land of Nod series Part 2: Joinery »

My college roommate and his wife are expecting their first child this summer, and since I’m a bit disgusted by the quality of store bought furniture (for that prices they ask, anyway), I volunteered to build them a crib… It should also be noted that this is my first “real” furniture project in about 10 years so I thought I’d blog it to have a bit of record of how it all shook out… and so I can look back in a few years and think of all the ways I could have done it differently ;)
The design is base on Land of Nod’s “Andersen” model.

The outer frame is from 8/4 walnut and the “spindles” will be 1” poplar dowels… I’m debating between the low VOC Waterlox or Tried and True Oil Varnish to finish out the walnut and the dowels will be painted white.

I took a little trek with my father to Pomona, KS (about a 280 mile trip) to visit Mark Frieden ( in search of 8/4 materials for this little project and scored some nice 8/4 planks of southern Missouri walnut. This may sound like a long drive, but southwest Kansas is a bit of a geographical oddity (2 weeks from everywhere!)
Here they are drying in my little one car garage shop.

As you can see there aren’t of lot of machines cluttering up my shop just yet, so I packed these bad boys up along with my GSIW workbench (thank goodness it breaks down) and headed to my Dad’s woodshop. Laid out the parts with some good ole’ crayola chalk and got some rough milling knocked out.

Thanks for checking it out and maybe following along…

I hope to have part two up in a couple days showing the joinery completed and showing where I’m currently at in the build.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 03:26 PM

I’m looking forward to seeing your progress. Great idea to blog about the project so you can look back at the process in a few years.


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#2 posted 01-14-2014 03:38 PM

That was a nice thing to do and when you get through they will have a nice crib.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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