The Crib

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Project by CClark86 posted 01-13-2017 03:01 PM 2695 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Crib.

Like most of us who have the woodworking bug, when my wife and I found out we were going to have our first kid I immediately knew my children would only sleep in a crib built by me…. That sounded great in my head but I wholly underestimated (again) what I had committed to.

I began immediately upon finding out I was going to be a Dad and did not finish until 13 months later. I had only a few hours a week I could dedicate to it and I didn’t have a specific design in mind when I started so I kept adding to it as I went. I had to follow a couple rules per the wife: It had to have a solid arched back and she liked other cribs that had the side rails that sloped down toward the front. The post legs have Cherry on them as well as Maple and Walnut… I made the legs first and thought I was going to use all 3 woods which I very quickly realized would have made it way too busy. I kept the Cherry in the legs instead of redoing them but doing it again I would have gone simpler on the legs.

In the end it ended up with post legs with round caps, lots of string inlay and inlaid hearts, arched raised panels, spalted maple rails with protruding walnut inlays on both sides, a bible verse chosen by my wife engraved on the front, sloping sides and a cut-out on the front and false through tenons that hide the knock down hardware. It knocks down into 4 parts – the front assembly, sides and back. The back assembly alone weighs close to 200 lbs I believe. Everything is overbuilt to a laughable degree, looking back I don’t know why I made everything so thick. My Mom calls it my son’s guerilla cage.

The platform that holds the mattress is just plywood with simple legs that can be switched out with legs of various heights to raise and lower it as needed. The back and front can be used as head and foot boards to a bed if we ever want to go that route, hard to imagine that far in the future right now though.

The lettering I had done at a commercial wood shop on a CNC and then I filled it with tinted epoxy.

Woods used:

Walnut, Maple, Spalted Maple, Curly Maple, Cherry (in the legs only), Tinted epoxy for the lettering.

It has a lot of flaws and sloppy joints as when I started this crazy thing I was still learning a lot. Most everything that went into the construction was a first for me.

Per most of what I make, everything got sanded to 4000 grit, rubbed with Linseed Oil, and had Polyurethane applied to finish it off.



Edit: Added a photo of my wife and son

-- Hobbyist Homebrewer, Woodworker, Glider Pilot. But only ever two at the same time.

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#1 posted 01-13-2017 03:09 PM

Absolutely a work of art. Definitely an heirloom to be passed on. Though it was late, I’m sure it’g getting some use. No picture with baby sleeping in crib?

The little step stool is a nice touch.

Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 01-13-2017 03:34 PM

beautiful that is a lot of work

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#3 posted 01-13-2017 03:57 PM

man that is one of the nocest cribs ive seen,i dont know what flaws your talking about,as woodworkers we tend to be hard on ourselves,which is good as it makes us better.the design and choice of wood is a+.that crib will hopefully be used by your grand children someday,and beyond.fantastic work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 01-13-2017 04:07 PM

Congratulations!Also for the crib!Just wonder… what flaws?

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#5 posted 01-13-2017 04:24 PM


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#6 posted 01-13-2017 05:09 PM

Just beautiful. Seeing it complete has to be so rewarding!

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#7 posted 01-13-2017 05:26 PM

Thanks to all

Pictures seem to hide the flaws but they are mostly where the string inlaying went awry and had to go back and patch with walnut dust. The poly urethane got sloppy too in a few places, have some nice drips

I did find a picture of my son with it, I added it.


-- Hobbyist Homebrewer, Woodworker, Glider Pilot. But only ever two at the same time.

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#8 posted 01-13-2017 06:51 PM

The most beautiful crib on LJ! Those inlays and stripes are magnificant. Realy long period to build and it paied off, sure thing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 01-13-2017 07:10 PM




-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#10 posted 01-13-2017 08:24 PM

This is more than just a crib – this is a palace!! Nice work indeed.

-- Pete

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#11 posted 01-13-2017 08:34 PM

Wow! This is beautiful. It’s such a wonderful project and so nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 01-14-2017 02:36 PM

This has to be the most remarkable crib I have ever seen.
Great job and congratulations on the kid.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#13 posted 01-14-2017 04:38 PM

Very nice Chris, can’t wait for the decorative dentil molding along the top of the rails

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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