The Grandparent's Cribette

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Project by lobro4 posted 11-07-2018 05:33 AM 1013 views 0 times favorited 1 comment 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 prototype which was built on a smaller scale to keep in the guest room. Built from Poplar. All the slats are mortised in to the rails. Sanded to 150. Color with General Finishes medium brown water-base dye. I sprayed on three coats of General Finishes gloss polyurethane. Assembled with knockdown furniture. 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!

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#1 posted 11-20-2018 01:01 AM

Nice work. you’ll be ready!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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