Cherry 3 in 1 Crib

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Project by MrZ posted 03-19-2013 10:25 AM 4458 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first large woodworking project and first post, it is the three in one crib from Wood Magazine that many of you have made. I started the project at the beginning of February, and finished with time to spare as my wife and I are expecting our first child in April. I pretty much followed the plans to a T, with the exception of the side panels which I made using slats instead of solid panels. I also made the rails of solid cherry instead of plywood, which really gives the dowels a solid base to pull against when bolting it together. The finish is a wash coat of a 1# cut of shellac followed by an application of cherry gel stain and than finished with wipe on poly.

The wife was so happy with the final project that she gave me the go ahead to make the matching changing table. Thanks to all the guys at the wood shop who were more than happy to offer tips and advise for some of the more tricky aspects. Also with all the great information on this site, I was able to find all of the information I needed; this is a great community!

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 01:37 PM

nice looking bed

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 08:17 PM

Congratulations, and beautiful build on that crib – Happy wife – Happy life!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 11:54 PM

Excellent job! This is on my bucket list when we have grandchildren… You did very well!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 02:00 AM

First off, congradulations on your first child. I to made this crib for my , who is now 7 months. This is a fantastic design and your work is a beautiful example.

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 03:06 AM

Thank you for all the kind comments!

Wendy~ I actually saw your crib on here when I was trying to decide if I wanted to go with the Wood Magazine plans. It was one of many fine examples on this site that made me decide that these plans were the way to go!

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#6 posted 03-21-2013 01:42 AM

Mine is half done and baby is 4 weeks old. Nice to see what it will look like when completed. I built the same one with maple for one of our other children ( who got her crib at 8 months old)...

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#7 posted 03-21-2013 09:43 PM

I’m working on a crib for my first right now with a July “deadline”. Where did you get the metal mattress platform?

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#8 posted 03-21-2013 10:54 PM

Roundel~ I got the mattress platform and connecting hardware from a company called “Products America”. There shipping was quick and they were very polite on the phone. The kit cost around 85$ shipped.

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#9 posted 11-09-2014 10:56 PM

When making the side with slats like that, what did you do to keep the side from falling apart? Did you just make the slats the full length and glue them in place? Or did you pin nail them as well? Or something else? I’m building one right now and looking to make that same modification to the sides. (On the front and back they have you make the slats a little shorter so you can get them in and then not glue the slats in place). Have you had any issues with wood movement in the slats?

-- Bill, MA/NH,

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