Crib and dresser

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Project by David Drummond posted 07-22-2011 06:52 AM 5875 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And so the story begins… roughly 8 1/2 months ago I found out my wife was pregnant and I took that as an opportunity to go crazy and build all of the nursery furniture including a rocking chair that is still in the works. I searched high and low for a design that I liked enough to spend the time to build that my son would hopefully one day pass down to his children. I went to all of the baby and furniture stores, searched the internet high and low and came across a post by Jeff Wenz. They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and well…. Jeff you should consider yourself flattered cause I copied not only your crib design but also your dresser as well. For those of you reading this I pm’d Jeff and he was kind enough to talk to me on the phone to discuss the details of his project as I bombarded him with a lot of questions. It is great to have such a knowledgable community to learn from as I have become a much better woodworker due to this site alone.

This project was my first time for a lot of new techniques and tools. Along the way I acquired quite a few new tools that I have no idea how I did without them before. The wood used was soft maple for both the dresser and crib, finish used was General finishes medium brown Dye stain with a oil rubbed moisture resistant laquer finish. I was going to turn the feet on this project but as it got down to the wire I decided to just buy them from a local supplier. I had to build a mortising jig to be able to cut the mortises for the individual slats in the lower rails based after this one. I built the matress support out of 1/2 mdf with maple trim and 1/8” steel for the support mechanism that raises and lowers the matress to a total of 3 positions. I used soft close drawers slides on the dresser and the drawers are built with through dovetails.

The crib took me about a month and a half to start and finish which included building a lot of jigs and the dresser took about a month to complete. The rocking chair that Im currently building has only taken me a week so far to build and all thats left is some sanding and finish. All in all I am happy with the outcome but I am not too certain of how I feel about dye stains. They are a bear to work with especially on a project with a lot of detail. I applied all finishes with an HVLP system.

Sorry about the quality of the pictures as I took these with my camera phone.

Thanks for looking!
David Drummond

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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Randy Sharp

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#1 posted 07-22-2011 03:11 PM

David, a beautiful job and a beautiful story to go with it. Congratulations to you and your bride. You have honored your wife and baby with wonderful gifts. Good for you!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#2 posted 07-22-2011 04:54 PM

Very Nice work. You should be very proud of all the things you have made, most of all the new baby.

-- Docopac (a carpenter in a different medium)

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#3 posted 07-22-2011 05:02 PM

Nothing better than making things for loved ones. Your work is always special to them. :^)
Here’s a couple of mine:

Crib for GGrand Daughter

Blanket chest for Grand Daughter

Congrats to you & your wife.

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#4 posted 07-22-2011 05:26 PM

Very nice! I am going add it to things to make for my Neice.

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#5 posted 07-25-2011 03:39 AM


Great job. I saw the picture and said, “That looks familar. I bet…”

I am falttered. I see you even built in the hidden drawers on the dresser. Good for you!

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#6 posted 08-22-2011 06:34 PM

Good looking furniture David. I know your son will enjoy for a lifetime.

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#7 posted 01-06-2013 11:41 PM

this is gorgeous. Very nice.

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

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#8 posted 07-27-2014 01:21 AM

This style crib is just what we are looking to build. Did you fabricate the metal to hold the matters stand?

-- D & K Bownds, Texas

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#9 posted 03-16-2015 10:35 AM

Fantastic build! Wow!

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

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