3 in 1 Crib

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Project by DaveLikeGolf posted 01-16-2008 04:31 PM 5852 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second part of my baby furniture project I started here: click me!
The design is from Wood magazine, November 2006 issue.

This piece is also constructed out of Mahogany. I finished it up just in time; the baby is expected to join this world within the next few days!

The stain went on much better this time. I bought some Bartley’s gel stain, taking the advice of Marc, the Woodwhisperer, and though I’m anxious to use this on my next project, it was too late to use it for the crib. After a couple different mixes and experiments with color, I just couldn’t duplicate the deep red tone of the dresser (that I finished with polyshades), so I had to give up the idea of a better, easier finish and just use the “Bombay Mahogany” polyshades after all. However, I threw out the directions and thinned it with mineral spirits, wiping on just a light coat with 3 applications. It brought out the color without all the streaking that the dresser has. It was still a pain in the hoo-hah, but atleast it’s over with! Wipe on poly finished it up.

I would have to say the biggest pain in the butt of the whole project was bolting it together! I didn’t realize until it was too late that my channels for the bolts and cross dowels were just ever so slightly off center, so actually bolting this thing together was a process I’m not anxious to repeat.

Also, the slats were quite a hassle. Thankfully, i had worked with the wood on the dresser, so I was aware of the natural stress some of the wood was under. I could literally see it relaxing and warping as I ran it through the table saw. As a matter of fact, it almost caused my first kickback. Luckily I was holding the wood pretty firm, so I didn’t have any mahogany missiles. Anyway, I purposely cut all the slats over sized and let them relax and warp, then re-jointed and re-planed them, let them warp again (less this time) and then finally jointed, planed and cut them to size. So far there have been no more twists or warpage, so I think it worked.

It was fun, but I think I’m going to take a step back and make some small boxes and shelves. Big furniture takes alot of work and the reward is great, but it’s very stressful at times, so a nice couple of small projects should get me motivated to take on the new modular office desk I hope to build soon.

Anyway, enjoy the pics. I took photos before I stained it so you could see the natural color of the mahogany. It’s a real beautiful wood in it’s natural color. I think I’m going to make a mahogany jewelry box out of some scraps and just put on a seal coat to see how the color changes naturally.







-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!

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#1 posted 01-16-2008 04:33 PM

Fantastic Job! I love mahogany.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-16-2008 04:48 PM

Beautiful crib. I also like the dresser and think you do great work. I enjoy woodworking but I agree some larger projects can take their toll on your patience.

-- Kirk H. --

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#3 posted 01-16-2008 05:53 PM

Beautiful crib. I really like the design, it isn’t generic like a lot
of crib designs are. That is something that can become a family

-- Still learning everything

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#4 posted 01-16-2008 06:57 PM

Beautiful, heirloom quality piece for sure!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-16-2008 07:26 PM

Amazing work David. It sure is beautiful.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 01-16-2008 08:14 PM

Thank you all so much for your nice comments!

-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!

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#7 posted 01-16-2008 08:33 PM

Great peice. Nice workmanship and matereial choice.

-- Hope Never fails

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#8 posted 01-16-2008 08:45 PM

Very nice indeed. You do good work.

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#9 posted 01-16-2008 10:20 PM

nice little crib there. and the wee one will grow into it heh. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 01-18-2008 05:08 PM

ooooooooooh that is so beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 06:40 PM

That turned out very nice! Good work. Make sure you buy same crib rail guards. I bought the adhesive removable gummy kind. SHe’ll eventually start chewing on the crib rails, and you don’t want he chewing on the polyshades or wipe-on poly. For all cribs, I use water based products from Cash Coatings. They are not cheap but they are the best stuff I’ve used yet. They are deemed same for childrens furniture. Is she here yet?

-- Mark

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#12 posted 07-18-2008 01:26 AM

Nice work. I’m doing one very close to the same design. But I need some help find the adjustable springs. I don’t need the other hardware.

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#13 posted 01-04-2013 12:37 AM

You did a fantastic build there David. It looks very nice. I’m sure your Grnbaby is way happy. I am getting ready to tackle this same project. Any suggestions, and/or tips would be well appreciated.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 01-07-2013 10:13 PM

Great job on the crib!!! Did you use solid wood for the headboard panel vs plywood as the plan calls for? I am getting ready to build this crib and want to use solid material but have been worried about wood movement.

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#15 posted 10-14-2013 04:12 PM

Great job on the crib! I really like how the mahogany came out!

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