Crib for Granddaughter

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Project by DustyMark posted 05-25-2019 03:26 AM 1270 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this crib for my first grandchild. My daughter chose spindles instead of slats…ouch 52 turned spindles!

That’s a stack of wood to turn…I’ll admit I was pretty “grumpy” about all the lathe work, but softened up about it once I saw pictures of my granddaughter in the crib. A Oneway center steady helped reduce vibrations on these long, thin spindles. Most of the turning was done with a roughing gouge and then smoothed up with a Veritas sanding block. I’ve got no pride in method and this seemed incredibly effective for me…

The frame is cherry and the spindles are hard maple. The crib meets current federal standards and I added a third level that is 6” deeper than required (for potential future escape artists!) Adding 6” to the spindles made the turning more difficult, but it’s nice to have a deeper option.

The end assemblies have tenons at the top and bottom to better align the sides as the knockdown fasteners are tightened. The knockdown fasteners screw into threaded inserts. This is so much better than the old adjustable crib sides that are now banned. This design doesn’t rack at all. I’m very pleased with the stability of the crib.

Franklin liquid hide glue made for a drama-free glue-up of all the spindles to the frame. The slow set time gives plenty of time for assembly. The glue has an expiration date, but it’s worth trying for complex assemblies.

I used one coat of Tried and True varnish for the finish. This is supposedly a very safe finish, but I hate working with it and that’s why I stopped at one coat. In hindsight, I should have used wipe on poly. It turned out though…a labor of love!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 05-25-2019 06:40 AM

Great work….you must realy injoyed making this

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-25-2019 02:00 PM

Thanks! It was a very meaningful project to create.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#3 posted 05-25-2019 02:54 PM

very nice, adjustable and it looks like you can disassemble it for storage or moving

-- Ty

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#4 posted 05-25-2019 05:50 PM

Thanks! It just fit in the back of their Subaru Impreza during their last move.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#5 posted 05-25-2019 11:55 PM

Kudos Grandpa—this will be cherished by the family.

-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 05-26-2019 11:45 AM

Great job, I like the design. I just finished a toy box for first great grand daughter.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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