First Project - My Son's Crib

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Project by CSomers posted 01-23-2012 02:21 AM 2931 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This crib was my first completed woodworking furniture project. Like most wood butchers, we looked at store bought/mass produced cribs and I thought I could do better. Used plans from Wood magazine, some ideas borrowed from another woodworker on and some skills picked in a veeerrrryyyy long class project at School of Annapolis Woodworking (thanks Troy). The wood is all locally resourced Quarter Sawn White Oak and Quarter Sawn Sycamore from the Northern Virginia area provided through Local Wood of Berryville, VA. The project was completed 6 days before the arrival of my son, healthy and 7 lbs 9 ozs.

The most difficult part of the project was finishing; obviously used different finishes on the QSWN oak then I did on the QSWN Sycamore. The oak was finished using an aniline dye, shellac, gel stain, and Arm-R-Seal satin. Sycamore was just Tried and True Oil Varnish, and then decided to add top coat of Arm-R-Seal…was just easier. You’ll see in one of the pics I also purchased an unfinished carriage chest of drawers, no time to build, which was finished using same tech as oak with the knobs being finished with Tried and True.

Lessons learned…many.
• Should have used a dado blade instead of repeated passes with the table saw blade;
• A mortiser/drill press would have been useful for slats instead of gluing pacer blocks (could have done it with drill and chisels, but it would not have been completed on time);
• A good workbench/table would have been useful during finishing, still need to repair the footboard from fall off the table saw…
• Clean/organize as you go, basement was a mess by the time I finished.

This crib is a convertible, changes to toddler bed and regular bed, so there is still more work to do, but I have time…if I ignore my other house projects.

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 02:50 AM

Excellent work! I hope to build a very similar one in the next few months when I finish the changing table I’m working on (same style as your crib). Where did you buy your hardware from? And congrats on the baby too!!

-- Brian

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 03:29 AM

Very Nice crib. Like the two tone wood use, Excellently done.

-- Marty Ohio

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 03:32 AM

Very nice crib. One day your grandchildren will be sleeping in it. Welcome to LJs!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 03:35 AM

That’s a heirloom there, good job.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 04:08 AM

Most beautiful crib a great build.


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#6 posted 01-23-2012 05:43 AM

Great job on your first project!
Thanks for sharing.


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#7 posted 01-23-2012 05:52 AM

Looks great, cribs are a great project.

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 04:55 PM


The Wood Magazine 3-in-1 Transition Crib plan has a deal with for the mattress support and other hardware such as connector bolts.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#9 posted 01-24-2012 03:07 AM

Thanks for al the kind words.

Have to give credit to mark805 for providing my finishing inspiration.

Brian516 please check out the link in Jeff_Wenz’s post, they have a package deal for all the needed hardware. Very helpful.

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#10 posted 01-24-2012 04:57 AM

My wife and I ended up buying our crib. After a lot of thinking, I decided I didn’t have the time or skill to build one as my first project. Now that I’ve see yours, I’m feeling just a bit jealous.

Thanks for letting us have a look.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#11 posted 01-26-2012 04:55 AM

Will definitely check it out. Thanks!

-- Brian

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#12 posted 01-04-2013 12:45 AM

A very beautiful build. Nicely done. Congrats Gramps.

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

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#13 posted 06-30-2015 12:07 AM

Great work! Don’t wait too long to finish up the conversion pieces. I blinked and they were almost late on my grandsons. ;^)

Brian516, you can also use brass threaded inserts and some brass angle to provide adjustment solution for the mattress. Check my gallery for an example.

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