Handmade Baby Crib for my Firstborn

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Project by CinciNick posted 03-20-2016 02:17 PM 2566 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So nine months ago I found out we would be having our first child and immediately I made up my mind that I wanted to build the crib. So I set out to try and find some plans that the wife would like. However, after showing her a few examples I decided to just build one on my own. She wanted a beadboard back, so I drew up a few rough sketches and got measurements of the mattress we were going to use to get a rough idea on the size that I needed.

After doing multiple hours of research on all of the federal regulations involving crib safety I set out to the local hardware store to get the lumber. She wanted to paint the wood black, i convinced her to stain it so the grain would still show through. I decided on just using poplar wood as the ebony stain would make using a better looking wood obsolete in my opinion. After pulling the straightest pieces of poplar I could find (very hard work I might say especially at a big box store) I headed home to start working.

The whole process was done in my free time over the past 5 months, working on it an hour or so at a time. I used my Kreg Jig for the joinery, even on the slats! Everything was made with simple hand tools and a mitre saw as my “woodshop” consists of a dim back corner of my basement haha.

Birth (BOTH, Freudian slip I guess haha) of us were extremely happy with the turn out and I think it fits the room nicely!

-- Nick ~ Indiana/Ohio

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#1 posted 03-20-2016 02:44 PM

Nice job. I made the crib for my Granddaughter a few years back and now my Grandson uses parts of the original as his crib. Since I made mine to convert into a bed it made the piece more versatile over time. And wowser, those Federal Regulations can be a pain can’t they? Anyway, I did get a set of plans that I only used as a guideline and have since built several different variations for a few friends. I even found a great place to get the hardware complete with the spring frame, the screws for a Conversion Bed are hard to find at the local home stores.
In addition to the beds, I also adapted the design to build matching pieces of furniture for a complete bedroom suit. It was a fun project, or should I say, they were fun

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#2 posted 03-20-2016 02:54 PM

Very nice! And yeah, I found some hardware sets that I could have used, however I just went my own route haha. I built the mattress support out of poplar and I actually added removable “feet” to that frame as a way to adjust the height as needed.

-- Nick ~ Indiana/Ohio

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#3 posted 03-20-2016 07:25 PM

Nice work, I’ve gotta get started on my first crib for my first baby as well. Where did you find the regulations for them at? Or what are the major things to know before designing and building a crib?

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#4 posted 03-21-2016 01:47 AM

I got most of not all of my info here:

The biggest thing is the spacing between the slats, it can’t be wider than 2 3/8 in. But overall it’s a fun process, but it will take you longer than expected. Cutting ask the slats and mounting them in place is quite a chore!

-- Nick ~ Indiana/Ohio

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#5 posted 03-21-2016 12:20 PM

Go back and read your last line …
Birth of us were extremely happy with the turn out and I think it fits the room nicely!”
OOPS! Bit of a slip that TOTALLY WORKS in this instance !

Nice job on the crib, and congrats on your first child !

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#6 posted 03-21-2016 02:12 PM

“The whole process was done in my free time over the past 5 months”

Let me know how much you get done “in your free time” over the next five months! ha!

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#7 posted 03-21-2016 03:20 PM

Joe- Haha thanks, and it must have been a little Freudian slip there!

Billy- Yeah I am well aware that the words “Free” and “Time” will both be dropped from my vocabulary very very soon haha.

-- Nick ~ Indiana/Ohio

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#8 posted 03-21-2016 06:27 PM

Good job on the crib. It looks great!
Enjoy fatherhood, it’s a pretty special thing.

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