A crib for our first child to come

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Project by mreza posted 02-23-2010 07:06 AM 4337 views 13 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a crib out of cherry for our first child that is due in two months.
I designed it to be somewhat similar to our own bed I made a couple of years ago.
It is curly maple inlays. The sides are connected with bolts to the front and back and
the it extends to a full size bed by attaching two rails instead of the sides.
The spindles are M/T and the posts to frame is loose tenon joinery.
The curved caps and moldings are bent lamination.
The finish is a mix of Tung oil/Varnish due to Don Kondra.

Here are some progress pics:

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 07:24 AM

That’s really beautiful work. That will be in the family for generations to come.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 08:28 AM

That’s a great looking crib. And congrats on your soon to be new arrival!

-- Barry,

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 10:43 AM

Beautiful crib! You did an outstanding job on it! I cannot get your progress pictures to come up?
I have to make one of these for my daughter and the one she wants is very similar to yours. Where did you get your spindles and how wide are they? Thanks for the inspiration to get started. I have till July to get it done.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 03:06 PM

That’s top notch work. Your child will be sleeping like royalty.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 03:26 PM

Projects for my kids and grand kids have been a real high-light for me (and them, I think :^) ). That crib is something that your new arrival and you will share forever. Congrats and really nice job.

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#6 posted 02-23-2010 03:30 PM

Great job. This really is the nicest baby crib I have ever seen.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 04:04 PM

Beautiful design, ecxellent work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 05:05 PM

Simply beautiful! Nice design and construction!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 05:34 PM

That is beautiful, to say the least! Definitely a family heirloom.

I also like the forethought of converting it into a full bed down the road. When you do this, will you plug the holes at the top of the railing with loose dowels/plugs, or what is the plan at that time? I’m sure whatever you do with that will just be loose fit in order to be able to convert it back to a crib again.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 02-23-2010 05:45 PM

Design, color, finish, style, workmanship…...all very, very nice. A+
Thanks for posting.
Congrats on your first child. He/she will be gnawing on the crib rails before you know it.
My little ankle biter is already 13. You measure years in your children’s age and the nuber of
woodworking projects you accomplish per year.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 02-23-2010 06:12 PM

Beautiful crib.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 02-23-2010 06:19 PM

Thanks for the comments.

Tom, I made the spindles. They are 1.25” wide and just over 5/8” thick (made a profile on the edges on the router table).

The only holes I’ve to do something about when converted to a full size bed are the two holes on the top of the posts in the headboard (to be). I’ll put a loose plug there that can be removed if I want to convert it back to a crib. The hole in the bottom of that post will be covered under the rails. The holes on the posts of the footboard are on the back and are not visible.

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#13 posted 02-23-2010 07:07 PM

To say this is awesome is such an understatement! Way cool. Excellent work and design.

-- Tom, Meridian Idaho

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#14 posted 02-23-2010 10:01 PM

A very nice project. I too am having trouble with the progress pics and would like to see them.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#15 posted 02-23-2010 10:45 PM

Lucky baby! Too bad it won’t be able to appreciate what a beautiful crib it has until they are much older. Nice work!

-- Jim, Nebraska

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