Crib/Toddler Bed

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Project by Mstateguy posted 12-20-2018 09:12 PM 745 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife and I just welcomed our firstborn son into the world December 3rd. In the weeks leading up to that she agreed to let me build his crib. This was a project built by my father and I. After much searching I purchased the plans from WoodCraft and the work began. She wanted it painted from the beginning so I intended to use poplar lumber for the solid components but not having enough on hand I opted for a mixture of soft and hard maple, which I hated the thought of painting so I convinced her to keep a stain finish on most of the solid components. Deviations to the plan included reinforcing of the lower portion to what I thought suitable, soft close guides rather than wood guides, re construction of the storage end to be open ended with adjustable shelves rather than the called for storage from the front via a door (the plan called for the short end of the box to be opened and covered by a door rather than the long end, I opted for my design due to the narrow door opening and depth that would deem most of the storage hard to reach into), pocket hole construction rather than dowel (which I do not have the means to produce), and negligible other alterations to suit my construction habits. Fore warning: the assembled bed will take no less than a 32” door opening for moving, our interior doors are 28” so the rails and headboard had to be capable of disassembly and reassembly. The maple was conditioned with Minwax conditioner, Sedona red stain with lacquer finish. The drawer fronts are the only solid wood (maple) pieces that got lacquer primer (color is Still Gray) Side frames and footboard will be removed for a toddler bed

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#1 posted 12-20-2018 10:20 PM

Awesome build. Plus taking a plan, and making it work to your spec, says you can graduate from plans pretty soon, and just go your own way. I really like that larger end area. Based on the dimensions, and from what I remember from seeing at the Grocery they would allow for storage of a nice supply of diapers, can’t have too many is the word I hear.

The convert-a-bed with storage already there, will soon enough become a feature you will be happy you included. The take down to pass through small doors is going to be a plus, and soft close guides rather than wood guides is the best swap you could make for opening and closing drawers that filled with clothes at a later date, may be a tad heavy, so a great choice.

Nice job, thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 01-04-2021 05:39 PM

I’ve made two of the Wood magazine 3 in 1 cribs for my daughters. Both have been through 3 grandchildren and going strong. Nice heirloom piece. I like the mixture of white and finished wood. Just like you I changed up the design and added and subtracted multiple parts and design. I changed this, this, this, and this and other than that it’s an exact copy of the original :-) Make the project your own. Good job.

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