Crib with Walnut String Inlay

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Project by JoshLawson posted 03-12-2010 12:37 AM 3511 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this crib for my brother and sister-in-laws first child. It’s made from mostly hard maple with close to 100 feet of walnut string inlay. The engineer in me tells me cries when I think of using a plan, so I designed it from the ground up. I did a fair amount of research into the government standards and ASME testing standards before starting any design. There are a considerable number of regulations if you look into it, so if you’re planning on making a crib – do the research.

The simple curves add some visual interest without over complicating the design. Also, rounding all the edges over ensure that it’ll be a safe place for a baby.

The whole crib separates into panels (4 sides and the bottom). It’s made in the common 3 in 1 crib/daybed/full size bed design. The panels are all connected with a hidden T-nuts and 5/16 bolts.

I struggled for a long time how to make the height easily adjustable, I finally decided on embedding 5 different levels of threaded inserts into the side panels. A french cleat is then attached at the position and an opposing french cleat on the bottom pulls everything in together. It makes for a very rigid crib when the bottom is placed in.

Don’t mind my dog creeping in the background….

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 12:43 AM

Nice looking crib.

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 02:13 AM

I like the design. Especially your method for height adjustment.

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 02:17 AM

very nice, simple design but very complex build

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 02:29 AM

Wife walked by as I was checking this out. You got two thumbs up….lol

Nice work….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 02:53 AM

Very nice looking crib. I need to start building a 4 in 1 crib for my only daughters first baby. Looking forward to starting it next month. Thanks for the inspiration!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 03:40 AM

this is great. my wife and I are expecting a daughter and I would love to make one. I really like the design.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 03:42 AM

Very nice, the inlays really set the tone for this project. A very nice touch. Not sure how this converts to a day bed. Threaded inserts may not be the quickest for height change but should be very stable. I don’t think the height will be changed frequently. Nice design and final product.

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 04:16 AM

Really great looking crib.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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