Grandbaby's 1st crib - co-sleeper from cherry and maple

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Project by MAO posted 04-23-2017 02:08 PM 1946 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sooo…..I’ve been on this site for a while, just looking at other’s posting and trying to absorb as much information as I possibly can. Thanks to all who take time out of their lives to submit posts. They are a very beneficial learning tool for us newbies.

I am posting my very first piece of furniture. I started coming down with the bug about a year ago. This project is called a co-sleeper and it is something that my wife suggested I try to make. It is a crib with one open side, designed to sit up against Momma’s bed. Momma can feed and place the baby back in the crib without getting out of bad, and baby has it’s own place to sleep (much safer than sleeping with Mom). I’ve never seen such a thing until I started doing a little research on the internet. I have so many “firsts” on this project, it is hard to capture them all. First time working with cherry or hard maple, first mortise and tenon construction on anything, first tapered table legs (first table legs come to think of it-haha, first inlay of any type (these were with hand tools). I used machines to dimension, but all surfaces were hand planed. All final fits were made with hand tools. The inlay was made entirely with hand tools. My finishing schedule included 50/50 BLO mineral spirits, several coats of blonde shellac, buffed with steel wool and johnson’s paste wax. I probably spent way to long making this, but I wanted to do the absolute best possible job that I could considering my skill level. In the end, I am happy with how it turned out.

Thanks to everyone on this site for the information that you all have so unselfishly shared. It has been very beneficial to me and my ability to learn good information early. Please feel free to provide constructive criticism. At the end of the day, it will help me continue to learn and grow.

MAO (Indiana)

-- MAO (Indiana)

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 04-23-2017 02:13 PM

Most impressive! Great job on the finish. You should feel pretty good having made a priceless family heirloom for you first piece! Good job.

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#2 posted 04-23-2017 03:04 PM

Beautiful.It’s always a joy to make things for the family especially your first grand baby , great job.


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#3 posted 04-23-2017 11:30 PM

MAO, making that first post is a milestone. Congratulations! This crib is a wonderful idea and a great project. I especially like the decorative inlays and the functional utility of your design. It is very Shakeresque. Great attention to detail which you would expect from a work of love. Grandchildren are a wonder and a chance to reprise the years you spent raising your children, only this round you have time to enjoy it more.

Nice job on the photos and the write-up. That too is a journey as well as your developing woodworking skills. It took me a while to get the hang of posting projects. I am still learning how to improve posts and woodworking projects and am looking forward to more projects and postings from you in the future.

It fascinates me that comments on my last box made in a shop in Southern Indiana came from eight countries around the world and states from California to Maine and Texas to Alaska. What an age we live in. What opportunities a site like Lumber Jocks offers to woodworkers.

This posting represents the first steps on several journeys, may you have many more. Keep sawing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 04-24-2017 12:40 PM

This is a beautiful crib and a nice design. You have done a wonderful job on this piece. Way to go, Grandpa!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-24-2017 02:09 PM

Thanks so much for the positive comments. I’ve enjoyed reading them all!

Over the last year or so, I have just been in awe of the craftsmanship and the products that is routinely produced by this group. Many times I sat and wondered (hoped really) that one day I could produce something that just kind of comes close…..

Many, many thanks to the individuals that take time out of their lives to share the posts, blogs, reviews, etc. They are SOOOO beneficial to the newbies such as myself. If there is one thing that I enjoy about modern technology, it is the access to information and the ability to learn about something. Sites like these and people like you, make learning much easier and fun.

Thanks again,

MAO (Indiana)

-- MAO (Indiana)

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