grand daughters crib

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Project by bhuddah posted 03-29-2008 04:58 PM 1637 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After our son surprised us last fall that he and his girlfriend were going to have a baby and I got over the shock that I wasn’t quite 50 yet either, which to me seems like the magic grandfather number. I decided to build the crib myself, again I used Red Oak my favorite material. I bought the plan from Rockler because this crib can be made into a toddler bed then into a full sized bed just by making a few extra new pieces. If I had the time I would’ve designed my own but this one was really nice looking and the plans were great. The only thing I didn’t understand was the graphite paper because I had never used it before.
My son and future daughter in-law really love the crib and it works great.

-- some days are like driving in oncoming traffic

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 05:35 PM

This is a beautiful crib and you did a wonderful job on it. I really like the slat design. It adds visual appeal to the crib.

I hate to say this to you but you have forgotten something…. You are going to need a second one at your house as well!!!! And there are matching pieces that are going to be needed too. Changing table, dresser, etc.

Happy woodworking :)

By the way congratulations on the grandbaby. They are truly a blessing and a joy. I have often said that, after being blessed with grandchildren, we should have had our grandchildren first. They just seem to be a lot more fun than I remember their fathers being. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 06:16 PM

That is a very nice crib.

Can you give us some details on the finish you used?

-- Mark

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 06:41 PM

I used a natural Tung oil finish made by McCloskey’s, then I sprayed a couple of coats of polyurethane. Poly is hard to spray because it’s not really designed for it but if you thin it out right with just the right amount of air and nozzle you can get it to work.
I made up a fixture for the slats because free handing that many would never had worked, so I was able to cut close to the line then with the slat clamped into the fixture I was able to go around the edges of the slat with a flush bit in my router table so they all came out the same size and shape.

-- some days are like driving in oncoming traffic

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 06:46 PM

Great looking crib. The slats are fantastic.

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

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#5 posted 03-29-2008 06:46 PM

Great work! I especially like the spindle detail.

-- Kevin

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#6 posted 03-29-2008 07:10 PM

That is surely a new family heirloom. You really did good work.

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#7 posted 03-29-2008 10:10 PM

You did a great job on this beautiful crib. I like the style and the way it can be converted into other beds. You don’t think that this little girl has grandpa wrapped around her finger do you? You ain’t seen nothing yet !.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-29-2008 10:26 PM

Well Tom I was a little crushed at first when we found out there was a baby on the way because I’m not 50 yet, but once that little squirt popped out I forgot all about that. She’s got me wrapped around all her fingers.

-- some days are like driving in oncoming traffic

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 12:41 AM

Hey, look on the bright side. Now you can have great grandkids before you hit 70. :-)

-- Mark

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#10 posted 03-30-2008 09:06 PM

I really like the looks of this crib. My wife and I just found out we are going to be having our first baby and I am trying to decide which piece(s) I want to make for the nursery.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#11 posted 03-30-2008 10:07 PM

Well I decided to make the crib because it can be transformed into 2 more different pieces. A toddler bed and a full sized bed, just go to the Rockler website and look at the plans and you can see the other 2 features. The kids had already gotten a changing table and a nice rocking chair but nobody was going to spend 500-600 $’s on a crib for them so that’s how I made my choice. Hopefully it will be in my family for a very long time.

-- some days are like driving in oncoming traffic

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