Walnut & Maple Crib for My First Baby

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Project by coreyg089 posted 01-19-2021 02:33 PM 534 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a contemporary crib I made for my first born daughter. My wife wanted me to design a modern looking crib with two contrasting woods. The X legs are walnut and the rest of the crib is hard maple. It was fun to make but the slats took forever to mortise out even with the hollow mortiser drill press. Happy with the finished project the mattress pad platform will adjust down when she starts to get bigger.

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#1 posted 01-19-2021 03:03 PM

what a wonderful keepsake! really appreciate the contrasting woods and unusual design

-- Carol

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#2 posted 01-19-2021 04:01 PM

Wow! That is a beauty and will most certainly become a family heirloom.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 01-19-2021 04:17 PM

Stunning piece – pity the baby will never appreciate it! Your slat mortising is exceptional – especially making them with no shoulders. I’m not that brave…

-- Bstrom

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#4 posted 01-19-2021 06:51 PM

Congratulations, on both a wonderful build, and for your first born Daughter. May both wear well to a comfortable old age without a lot of drama.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 01-19-2021 10:54 PM

Lovely piece.

Here’s an alternate strategy for those mortises, should you ever decide to tackle something similar in the future. When I made a crib for my granddaughter. I made a jig that straddled the rail with multiple openings spaced precisely. With the appropriate guide bushing and straight bit in the plunge router, I could move along the rail, routing out the mortises in batches.

Here’s a picture of the jig.

And of the result.

There was almost no chisel work involved. Of course, my method presumed rounded edges on the spindles. That look may not have appealed to you.

Anyway, take that for what it’s worth. Your procedure obviously worked fine in the end.

Congratulations on the project and on the addition to the family. Enjoy both.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#6 posted 01-19-2021 11:06 PM

Looks great! can you post a picture of how you lower the mattress?

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#7 posted 01-20-2021 02:54 PM

fantastic job!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#8 posted 01-21-2021 12:10 AM

Beautiful work! Something special about making a crib.

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