The McMahon Crib

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Project by lobro4 posted 11-07-2018 05:33 AM 1464 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A crib for my first grandchild who God willing will be here and healthy in January 2019. When my daughter first gave us the great news, she immediately asked if I could make the crib. Of course. Now my wife warned me that I could not start it until the pregnancy was 20 weeks along. (The halfway point for those of you who don’t know.) That gave me time to do some research and prepare. My wife came up with a great idea—build a prototype that we could keep so that glitches could be worked out before starting the masterpiece. Game on. Seen here is the full size crib. My son-in-law, under my direction and design, did the lion’s share of the work. Starting with rough lumber, the parts were milled. The slats are all mortised into the rails. Sanded to 150. One coat of Watco Dark Walnut Danish oil. I then sprayed on 3 coats of General Finishes Gloss water-base polyurethane. Assembled with knockdown hardware. I was fortunate to have a friend who was able to weld the mattress support frame. The last picture shows the two cribs side by side for comparison. See my separate post for the other crib.

About the only good plan I could find is from WOOD Issue 173, November 2006. You can purchase the plan here: There have been many posts here on Lumberjocks of this very crib. There are features of this in my crib but the final design was inspired by searching various store sites online. Included with the plans is a designers page that summarizes the many safety considerations one must be aware of when building a crib. That alone was worth the price of the plans. Unfortunately, the company listed in the article as a source for crib hardware is no longer in business (at least at the time I was building) so I had to piece together the mattress frame and hanging straps.

Thanks for looking!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 11-07-2018 12:39 PM

Excellent !!! And great that you involved your son in law in the build, hopefully he has got the taste for woodworking. Your days are going to be very busy because all you will want to do now is build things for your grandchild once they arrive. By the way …... get plenty of rest as you and your wife are about to suffer a real shock to the system. When your grandchild starts staying over for the weekend and mine started from about 2 weeks old, nothing on earth can prepare you for the tiredness you will feel at the end and during their stay LOL !! We forget how hard it was when our children were little but getting older it is ten times harder…... but just as enjoyable ;-)

So Mr and Mrs Lobro4 start getting early nights now !!!!!!!!!!!

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#2 posted 11-08-2018 11:06 PM


-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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