Walnut and Acrylic Baby Crib for my Son

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Project by Outsane posted 03-30-2011 07:53 PM 19706 views 18 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While looking for a crib for my incoming son we found the Roh Crib by spot on Square, and loved it.

The only problem was the price $2,000. I told my wife I could make it, and she let me, I have built a few other small things, this was the first true craft I have built. I looked at the images online and built a model in cad. Made some adjustments, using the pocket holes I could hide the screws. Dropped the bottom of the crib down an extra 5 inches, hiding it from vew. This was also my first time working with a hard wood. Many of the tools I did not get until the very end of the build. I was cutting some of the boards using the router since that was all I had. Pocket holes will filled with 3/8 dowels.

Final build was done in the Nursery, assembled it would not fit through the door.

The visible wood is Walnut, finished with Butcher block oil/wax child friendly $280
White ends are formaldehyde free MDF and Latex paint $30
1/2 acrylic front and back. $200
some 3/4 plywood for the base $15
Pocket Hole screws $4
Latex Paint $10
Oil/Wax $7

Estimate Total $546

Jointed with Kreg Jig Pocket holes
Porter Router
Hand Planer
Circular Saw
Cheap plastic Rockwell Table Saw
Makita Sheet sander

I also built a changing table and a diaper/wipes shelf to go with.

Changing Table

Diaper Station


The plan in the future is to convert the crib into a bed when he gets older, he is at 8lbs right now.

Thanks for Looking

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Jeremy Greiner

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#1 posted 03-30-2011 07:58 PM

Wow that looks amazing, I bet the wife won’t hesitate to say yes next time you say “I can make that”


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 08:08 PM

All I can say is WOW! Consider this bookmarked for the day I need it. I am even more impressed with the limited amount of tools you had to do such a nice job! Mind if i ask what the total cost for the supplies were?

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 08:12 PM

Very nice. We had just moved when we found out my wife was pregnant with our first child. After being married for 10 years and thinking that I would build my child’s furniture, it was very frustrating having all my tools in storage. I’m sure this is just a taste of much more sawdust to come.

-- - Kevin from Cincinnati. All my work is guaranteed: Three minutes or three feet; whichever comes first.

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 08:24 PM

Thanks for all the great comments…

I just need to convince the wife to let me buy more and better quality tools..

Tools make the job easier..

About $546 in materials..

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 08:45 PM

Looks great and I’m sure your son loves it. I like the idea of clear sides. Now you just need to make one more and sell it for $1500 and have $1000 for more tools! I followed your same path with my first son. I made him a changing table with very limited tools and it got me back into woodworking. Now ($ thousands later) I have some decent tools. Keep telling your wife those words- I can build it!

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#6 posted 03-30-2011 08:49 PM

hmm… any buyers here..

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#7 posted 03-30-2011 09:31 PM

That looks great. My wife and i are expecting in September. Do you mind me asking what the overall dimensions are and where you got the acrylic?

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 09:41 PM

Hi, this is Bob from Spot On Square. I designed this crib and we sell it as you mentioned through Spot On Square. Have to say it looks like you did a great job replicating it. Pretty insane that you were able to do this with limited tools. One thing to keep in mind is that intellectual property of the design is protected so while it’s not a big deal that you made one for yourself, making and selling this design in the future would be problematic for us here at Spot On Square. Keep in mind as well that in selling cribs you must go through testing with a independent testing lab to sell any crib in the US. Best of luck to you and your wife with the new baby!

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#9 posted 03-30-2011 10:11 PM

Nice copy OutSane – and the original is great. I also like the nice post from Bob and agree that a one off copy is one thing but selling them aint cool.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#10 posted 03-30-2011 10:18 PM

Yes. Another child of op-art

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 03-30-2011 10:24 PM

oops.. got in trouble…

Bob, well I hope you take this as Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. It is the best looking crib we found. We also like that it did not have the guillotine side rails. Very nice design.

I won’t be selling any cribs, way too much of a safety issue with a child that is not my own.

I took all the dimensions off the spot on square site, and used images to reverse engineer all other dimensions.
There were no building instructions when started his project.

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#12 posted 03-30-2011 10:30 PM


one sheet of acrylic was from

another I bought local, about the same price…

the freckle face peice was 1/2” right on, though not completely square the local one was square but 1/64” under 1/2”

Both sheets were around $100, freckleface included shipping

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#13 posted 03-30-2011 10:40 PM

Nice. I like modern design. Can the bottom be adjusted vertically? Before the baby starts sitting up there is no need for high borders. It will save you and your wife a lot of back pain from reaching down into the crib if the mattress could be positioned half way up. Also the slots should be such size that limbs and fingers can’t get stuck. I guess since you copied an existing approved design it should be fine.
And tell your wife that all Lumberjocks endorse your buying more nice tools. :-)

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#14 posted 03-30-2011 10:48 PM

I plan on building a plat form to insert into the crib to raise floor up until he gets old enough to start trying to stand up.

He rolled over from his front to his back at 20 days old… so I may have to put a top on the crib. Right now he is still in the bassinet.

I looked at a lot of sites like this one for safety issues..

There were several pages on a home made crib that that custom scrolling on the ends that a babies limb could get caught in if they fell. So Slots seems pretty safe, and met all the guide lines on crib safety pages.

I moved the mattress down a bit to also make it safer.

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#15 posted 03-31-2011 01:32 AM

Man, at first I thought you were pulling a fast one. The first photo looks like sketchup with colors. But the rest of the photos show you did an outstanding job. I love the modern design.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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