Greene & Greene Inspired Baby Crib

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Project by Alan S posted 01-30-2012 12:48 AM 6047 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the crib I designed and built for my son, who could come any day now (and any more kids we might have in the future). It is based off the style of the Greene brothers, architects and designers from the early 1900s. It includes several elements of their style, including cloud lifts across the top and down the sides, ebony splines, and their sun-ray design. It is made of solid mahogany and ebony. I used Darrell Peart’s mixture of 7 parts orange and 4 parts medium brown GF dye stain and I finished it with three coats of Arm R Seal.

My wife and I went on vacation to Pasadena, CA the first week in June 2011. We went for my 30th birthday and I wanted to go see The Gamble House. It was a wonderful trip and we both got very excited about the Greene brothers style. The day after we got home, we found out that we were expecting our first child! (We didn’t know it at the time, but the baby was with us during our visit to The Gamble House.) We were thrilled and I immediately began thinking of this project. I began construction in September, and I just completed it. So it took five full months of nights and weekends to complete. Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 01-30-2012 12:55 AM

This is a fantastic crib. It has great details,a perfect finish and all around amazing look. It’s nice your son is willing to share his crib with Mr. Teddy :))


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#2 posted 01-30-2012 01:01 AM

Beautiful design, very nicely done. Congrats on both achievement!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 01:44 AM

Alan – super job here – I know that this was a true labor of love – I am very sure the you, Lucy and little Grady will enjoy – thanks for posting – we both enjoyed seeing the bed

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 02:10 AM

Beautiful crib. This will be something that will stay in your family for generations. Congrats on the baby!!

-- If your not having fun you're doing it wrong.

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Darrell Peart

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 02:24 AM

Hi Alan – great job!
I especially like what you did with the center panel.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 02:32 AM

Beautiful work and congratulations!

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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Alan S

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 03:14 AM

Thanks, everyone!

Darrell, your work especially has been an inspiration. Your Gamble Bed blog was a great help in assembling the splined miter joints.


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#8 posted 01-30-2012 03:20 AM

great crib. You have done a great job capturing the G&G style.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 01-30-2012 02:50 PM

Beautiful job. This is one kid that should grow up knowing what fine furniture looks like.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 01-30-2012 02:54 PM

Beautiful story, and a great looking crib.

You did an excellent job on it.

Congratulations on having your son, as well.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 01-30-2012 03:25 PM

Congratulations on the addition to your family and very nice work on the crib!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 01-30-2012 09:29 PM

To bad you did such a remarkable job. People with think the Greene bros. made it

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#13 posted 01-31-2012 03:03 AM

Excellent design and work ! I love the subtle G&G details.
Thanks for sharing your story too. God bless the little one.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#14 posted 06-01-2013 05:25 PM

My daughter found your crib when looking for one for her daughter due to arrive in August. I noticed you have a sketch up plan. Would you be willing to share it?

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#15 posted 03-02-2018 10:54 PM

Can I ask how you attached the sides to the front and back?

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