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Blog entry by Ehren posted 03-23-2012 05:49 PM 5237 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project when we found out we were expecting our first kid. After shopping and not finding anything I liked for the money so I set out to design my own. I wanted a light design and could be broke down and stored when not in use.

I also didn’t find many other ideas out there so I hope this may inspire some more ideas.

The idea is while he will still be nursing several times a night he can sleep safely next to the bed but not in it.

I Used Red Oak and Walnut scrap I had laying around from the his Crib I was building at the same time.

I managed to finish it a week before he arrived.

Below are the initial plans I sketched up:

The support legs.
The middle arch was steam bent. All of the joints are mortise and tendon.

Using the top to help sizing and spacing when gluing the legs together

Assembled leg

The top sleeping area

The final piece.

and it in use,

6 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 06:26 PM

A really nice design and looks very well made.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 07:17 PM

Nice design and build. And the most important thing, baby seems to be enjoying it… congratulations on the addition to your family!

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 07:18 PM

Very nice fit and finish, the design appears that it can be reperposed as a changing table, which would get a lot of mileage when your child graduates to the new crib.

Nicely done.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 10:07 PM

Another beautiful job, you done it again!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 03-24-2012 01:11 AM

Another great idea and perfect execution. I like the idea of this morphing into a changing table. I really like the designs of this as well as the crib. Both look like heirloom material to me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-24-2012 01:25 AM

The sketch looks like a Leonardo da Vinci.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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