Kaili's Crib

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Project by nzimmer posted 11-18-2010 06:07 PM 1983 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the crib that I made for my daughter. I used plans from Wood magazine. I am not usually a huge fan of using plans but since the safety issues of a crib are more important than in most furniture I figured it best to use something that meets all the safety requirements. I changed a few things such as adding the slats to the sides and tapering the legs.
The wood is cherry from a tree on my parents land. The inlay was done with wenge and holly, finished with tung oil and 3 coats shellac. Overall I am happy with the crib. Comments are welcome.

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#1 posted 11-18-2010 06:22 PM

That looks very nice!

I love that you were able to use wood from your parents’ property… sort of a passing it on through the generations idea.

The inlay is also a beautiful touch and the finish appears well done.

I agree with the better safe than sorry mentality of following a known-safe set of plans.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 06:56 PM

Very nice crib. I really like the inlay. The arched back is nice too. I thought about using cherry for my crib too, but ended up with Alder due to expense. Cherry was a nice choice though. Good job!

-- Matt -

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 07:41 PM

Looks great, I especially like the inlay. You did a wonderful job on that and it really makes this piece stand out! What hardware did you use to connect the rails to the posts and can the crib be converted to a day bed or bench later on?

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#4 posted 11-18-2010 10:13 PM

I agree with you, Zimmer. I like the sides in slats rather than the solid panels.

Very nice!

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#5 posted 11-18-2010 10:17 PM

That is really a nice crib.
The inlay is a perfect flourish for it.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 11:16 PM

Thanks for the nice comments.

Breakingboredom, I know what you mean about the cost of Cherry, If I hadn’t cut the tree myself, I wouldn’t have been able to afford cherry.
Will, I used the crib hardware from Products America. They work pretty well and have all of the pieces to go from the crib to toddler bed to full size bed for a reasonable price.

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#7 posted 11-19-2010 12:03 AM

Outstanding. Lovely in lay work.

-- Daniel -

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#8 posted 11-19-2010 11:52 AM

This is one great crib! Love the lines and the inlay. The fact that you made it for your daughter makes it that much more special. I’m sure she willlove it for many yrs! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 02-25-2011 05:10 PM

I know this is an old thread but do you have a link to the plans and hardware?

Hmm see he only has 2 post , I guess he is not on here anymore. :(

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#10 posted 02-25-2011 05:44 PM

Mojo1, I am still around but I usually just watch, creepy I know. The plans are available at they are the 3-in-1 crib plans for $10. The hardware came from products america. I used them for both cribs I have made and they work very well. If you have any other questions just email or post. Good luck.

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#11 posted 02-25-2011 05:53 PM

Wow thanks, that was fast , found them both!

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#12 posted 02-25-2011 06:34 PM

One question , can the front slide up and down or is it 100% fixed?

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#13 posted 03-08-2011 09:04 PM

I like the slats on side, I think I will go with that.

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