3-in-1 Crib for my son

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Project by moerdogg posted 05-26-2014 03:33 PM 2594 views 9 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we found out my wife was pregnant with our first child back in August, I knew I had to make him a crib. I found the Wood Magazine 3-in-1 crib, and it matched our aesthetic and my skill level. I hadn’t built anything from plans before, and it felt a little like cheating. Given the various safety regulations surrounding cribs, I didn’t want to wing it on something like this. I’m very glad I used the plans; it was an ambitious-enough project even with them.

The crib is made from hard maple and finished with water-based poly. I did four coats, sanding between each with 220, then rubbing with steel wool after the final coat.

This project taught me a lot about using jigs to get repeatable results, and the value of measuring very carefully. Most of the crib was built using my table saw, since I’m now a big convert to using a cross-cut sled. I used my miter saw to get rough lengths, then finished length on the table saw. I broke out the backsaw when I realized the table saw couldn’t make it through the full width of the legs when cutting the tapers.

A lot of the glue-up was done in the house, thanks to a very cold winter. The wife wasn’t ecstatic but quite understanding.

The pieces to convert to the toddler and full-sized beds are cut to size, but not glued up and finished. I ran out of time getting the place ready for the boy, and then he showed up on April 20. He’s amazing, but needless to say my project time has been reduced significantly!

-- A poor workman blames his tools

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#1 posted 05-26-2014 05:02 PM

looks great

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 05:26 PM

very nice!

-- Dan

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#3 posted 05-26-2014 10:14 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 05-27-2014 04:06 PM

Beautiful. Not only is your work better than anything I could create, but my son would be 16 by the time I finished it.

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