Project 1 - Crib

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Project by woodsyguy81 posted 07-13-2012 05:21 PM 1429 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So like every expectant, first-time father, I dreamed about building my daughter an heirloom quality crib rather than buying one. Being a beginning woodworker, I thought “yeah, I can do this!” After finding a plan that my wife and I agreed on, I picked up the plans and the wood and got to work. Besides the fact that I finished it about 1 week before she was born, it turned out pretty good. I guess I like to dive in head first with projects since this was my first big woodworking undertaking. The project included around 100 mortice and tenon joints (drill press and chisel), a curved top rail from four pieces of square stock, and curved sides. My daughter is safe a secure in it and it still remains nice and stout will all her typical 2-year-old antics! I guess I did something right!

Soon it’ll be used for daughter #2!

-- Loving the outdoors since 1981!

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 06:15 PM

NICE! I know how that goes. I went thought the same thing with twins.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 07:56 PM

Nice work. The crib turned out very well. You’re a better man than me. We’re expecting our first come this September and with all those mortise and tenon joints, there was no way I was going to make a crib, unless I had a mortiser, which I still don’t. So we bought a crib, but I have done a lot for the nursery—- new paint, new baseboards, made some window valances, picture frames, a changing table, and I’m in the middle of a rocking chair. I’m sure that wont be the end of it either.

Congrats on number two!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 04:10 AM

Ambitious first project or what ! Nice job. The commercial ones are no doubt vastly inferior.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 09:07 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Well Done!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 04:38 PM

The funny thing is that the SAME design can be bought at Pottery Barn Kids for $500-$600 and it’s white. This is solid red oak and cost me half that! HA!

-- Loving the outdoors since 1981!

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 04:40 PM

Brandon – Congrats on your first! A new adventure awaits you! Who cares about the crib, you’re doing other things to make the room special in your own unique way for your child. Besides, a rocking chair sounds just as ambitious with all the curves. Good luck!!

-- Loving the outdoors since 1981!

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