Baby Crib

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Project by deepsleep posted 09-07-2012 11:39 PM 1084 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a crib I built for my second-born a number of years ago. It was one of my first projects and I was in way over my head. My shop was the carport on the side of our house. (Think cold Utah winter) I had a benchtop table saw, a belt sander, a router, a drill, and big ideas. My wife had seen a tool called a “router crafter” in Sears and we dreamed up this idea for a crib with all the spirals etc.

We ordered the hardware from a crib company and then went and picked out some maple boards. It was quite the undertaking for me, the novice woodworker! I didn’t think I would ever get done cutting the spirals on the slats! Each groove took multiple passes. And each pass had multiple ways of being screwed up, I unhappily discovered. Once I got everything cut, then I had to slog through the hours of hand-sanding all the grooves and spirals.

I had hoped to put a nice finish on it that would highlight the grain etc. But, I didn’t have much skill in that area and the grain ended up being a bit muddied by the stain which has always bothered me ever since. Maybe some day I’ll refinish it….....?

At any rate, it has worked great as a crib for 5 of my six kids! Hopefully it will keep holding up well and I’ll pass it along to some Grandkids someday. Maybe I can get them to refinish it…...

Thanks for looking!

-- Steve, Southern Oregon. So many tools, so little time....

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#1 posted 09-08-2012 12:01 AM

That is beautiful. I love the spirals on the spindles. That is a real heirloom!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-08-2012 05:57 PM

Spoiled rotten from the very beginning! Really like the high, curved sleigh-bed type posts. Very nicely done.

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 08:16 PM

Great looking crib…. Ya know we learn a lot real quick sometimes when we are over our heads and on this project you did real good…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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