A Pair of Cribs

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Project by Dinger posted 09-01-2016 05:31 PM 946 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nope, not twins…

I built these cribs last summer before our son was born (barely.) Actually, I didn’t finish the white one (for his cousin, born one month later) until after they were both born! Fortunately, babies generally sleep in bassinets for at least a couple weeks before needing their own crib. I follow the plans for the “3 in 1 Crib” from Wood magazine or I figured that with all the engineering that would be required to create my own convertible crib was not worth the time it would take. The replacement “fronts” to convert the unit to a toddler bed and the runners to convert to a full-size bed are not pictured. I also built a dresser to match the dyed maple crib.

Here are some other construction details: both cribs are made from highly figured maple and maple plywood. I know, it seems a sin to paint over the maple. However, a) that’s what the client wanted, b) I used the most boring maple I had c) it was cheaper than poplar (grand larceny at $1/bf…) and d) it’s what the client wanted (again.) I did put a barrier coat of shellac between the raw wood and the paint to make it easier to strip when they come to their senses someday! :) I used the hardware kit referenced in the plans. You could probably create your own but I don’t think you’d save any money. The finish on the unpainted crib is a TransTint dye, with 3 coats General Finish’s Arm R Seal. I neglected to raise the grain (that’s what happens when you’re in a hurry) after applying the dye and it was too late during the process before I noticed. My intent is to finish the other components properly before use and then sand back some of the Arm R Seal and build coats to cover the raised grain and achieve a smooth finish. Hope that works.

Thanks and I hope you enjoyed!

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#1 posted 09-02-2016 01:37 PM

look great

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#2 posted 09-02-2016 02:28 PM


-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 08:42 PM

These cribs turned bout so nicely. You did a fine job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 09-07-2016 03:14 AM

Nice job!

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