Contemporary Crib

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Project by SDAdmiral posted 09-26-2015 02:18 PM 1960 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I rushed to finish this project before the birth of our first child – but it turns out that he decided to come 2 weeks late so I had plenty of time after all!

For the design I wanted the crib to look robust yet clean with all straight, crisp lines. I tapered the legs down towards the bottom, which makes the whole think look lighter and kind of gives it a floating appearance. I imagine that is probably the only crib in the world that has this type of mattress support, which I stewed over for quite a while during the design phase. I tested it to make sure it was sturdy enough – it supported all 175 LBS of me for a brief test-nap!

The crib itself is made entirely of hard maple and sapele, with the mattress support being made from hickory. I finished the project with Arm-R-Seal, and did all of the finishing before assembly. The end panels are permanently connected to the legs, and the front and back panels are held in place with connector bolts that mate with a threaded insert in the tenons.

The thing that I underestimated the most about this project was the number of hours I needed to complete it. There are 40 sapele balusters, which turns out to be A LOT of repetition. There are exactly 100 mortise and tenon joints, which seemed to take forever even with a hollow chisel mortiser!

Comments and feedback are appreciated!

- Andrew

-- - Andrew -

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 02:38 PM

Wonderful crib.
I built one using Sapele and curly maple and the mattress support is like a regular bed with slats.
I used white oak for that part.
Great job!!

-- Gary, Florida

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 03:14 AM

Your meticulous work shown on pic#6 shows up on the finished product – Bravo!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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