Son's Crib

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Project by ADClark posted 12-13-2014 08:15 PM 1771 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone, im new here to posting but have been reading this forum for some time. I dont really know where to start so i figured i would throw up some photos of a project i finished a while ago to give everyone an idea of the kind of work i do at this point.

About me though, im 33 and have worked for a small shop of about 10 guys that does everything from laminate cabinets to elaborate custom liturgical pieces, for about 9 years. while most of the work is commercial boring work. since my mentor left 3 years ago i have been the sole “woodworker” responsible for the fancier custom woodwork. The last couple years ive actually been building a lot of custom entry doors, solid wood, frames, sidelites and all that stuff. I also make some residential pieces generally furniture, same with work for churches. I make pretty much everything in a church but the pews. My first 3 years i was primarily just running out millwork and the simpler stuff but was being groomed to take over the fancier projects. So ive been at this for about 6 years. Im at a point now where i really want to learn some new skills and take the ones i have to the next level, im hoping to learn as much as i can from you guys with way more experience than me.

About this project, this was a crib i designed and built last year for me and my wife’s first child. Forgive me if my terminology is incorrect when i write things. i have no formal training or anything like that, not even a woods class in highschool, so i do know how to do somethings and use the tools i just dont always know what theyre called.

The majority of the hardwood on the crib is made from birds eye maple. with the back and bottom panels being made with figured maple plywood, and the accent woods are some curly cherry and walnut that i stained dark walnut before i applied them to help keep the dark contrasting color as it ages. Overall the finish is just a simple lacquer clear finish.

sorry this was so long, just wanted to introduce myself. I look forward learning some new things.

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 09:10 PM

Welcome to LJs, great place to be, I am sure we can all learn from you also, love the crib! great work and I am sure it has made you happy every day and night!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 12-13-2014 09:11 PM

That’s a very elegant crib! You say “woodworker” in quotes but it’s apparent by your work that you are very skilled. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 09:15 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks AD!
Wow! what a great first post
I can definitely see the liturgical influence in this design
well done and i look forward to seeing more of your work

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 12-13-2014 09:43 PM

thanks for the warm welcome and kind words, im glad to be here. After looking through some the projects on here it has really motivated to keep working on improving my skills and venture into new techniques. There really is some impressive work on this board. As far as the liturgical influence, i have been building pieces for a really great designer who designs for churches all over the U.S. and as much as i try to develop my own style, it cant help but be somewhat influenced by him since ive seen and made so much of his work. Thats why i like this place though, its giving me new ideas to to hopefully eventually mold it all into a style of my own. Thats what i love about woodworking though, there is always room to keep learning, growing, and improving.

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 12:45 AM

Welcome to lumberjocks! That’s the nicest looking crib I’ve ever seen, I’m sure we’ll be learning a lot from you.

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#6 posted 12-14-2014 03:12 AM

Beautiful work—it’s easy to see the craftsmanship and the love that went in to this cradle.

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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#7 posted 12-14-2014 05:48 AM

Wow. Awesome job. Saved this to my favorites as I will be looking to have a kid in a few years.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 12-14-2014 10:49 AM

Gorgeous crib! Great way to introduce yourself. Welcome!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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Grant Davis

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#9 posted 12-15-2014 01:06 PM

Absolutely beautiful

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#10 posted 12-15-2014 02:35 PM

Beautiful crib. Will be a handed-down family heirloom for sure. Welcome to LJs !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 12-15-2014 09:08 PM

Beautiful crib. As a new granddad, this caught my eye. You should be proud of your work. That will be an heirloom piece! Look forward to more postings, and welcome to LJs.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#12 posted 12-16-2014 05:28 PM

Wow! I hope your kid doesn’t chew on that like my kids did!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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