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Project by harvey4804 posted 05-28-2013 04:39 AM 2839 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In December my wife announced to me that she was pregnant. Shortly after I went into I guess you could say a panic mode and immediately started building a crib. First thing first, I had to build a workbench/outfeed table. Once that was completed I starting looking at different plans that were available. The Wood Magazine 3-in-1 crib looked the most like what I had in mind. I purchased the plans and started looking for wood that wasn’t pine or oak (my preferences).

I found an ad on Craigslist where a guy who has a custom cabinet shop and needed to sell off some of his stock to make room. He had walnut, mahogany, and Quarter sawn sycamore. I ended up getting a few hundred BF of his mahogany (which had some nice figure) and I also picked up a board of his QSS. I didn’t know how I was going to incorporate the QSS at first but decided to use it as a contrasting piece in the headboard and footboard.

As you can see in the pictures I didn’t curve the top, that’s because I don’t have a bandsaw and I didn’t feel like using my jig saw. I also doubled up the thickness on just about everything. the rails are 1.5” thick and the slats are 3/4”.

As far as the finish goes, I used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal satin. Probably 4-5 coats with a light sanding in between. I’ve gotta say, I’m just about novice as it gets when it comes to finishing but the Arm-R-Seal is fantastic and VERY easy to apply! I’ve used other brands (minwax watco etc.) in the past on misc. wood stuff and have never been really happy with the results. Arm-R-Seal rocks!

back when I started getting ideas for a crib I came across a guy I think on the Wood Whisperer website who installed a rope light on the headboard. I thought that was a really sweet addition so I went to the BORG and was about to pick up a length of rope light and next to it was a display of a LED color changing, dimmable, remote controlled, super thin strip and I had to have it! (I have a light fetish LOL)

Got Questions, want more detailed pix, lemme know and I’ll hook ya up.

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#1 posted 05-28-2013 05:14 AM

She’s going to love it. Great job

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 05:27 AM

Great job.

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 10:45 AM

Very nice ! Congratulations on both projects ;) and for getting the crib ready 3 months in advance !

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

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 11:02 AM

Since you went into “panic mode”, then I’m guessing this is your first child. So CONGRATS and prayers to you both.

Nice build on the crib/bed. Now fast-forward a few years and imagine your new GRANDCHILD sleeping peacefully in it. Yep, a new family heirloom has been built

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 12:13 PM

You built a fine crib. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 01:56 PM

Congrats on the upcoming child and beautiful build, the light is certainly a cool addition… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#7 posted 05-28-2013 02:58 PM

The crib looks fantastic! The way you built it and it’s beauty should last for generations. Wonderful craftsmanship!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 03:12 PM

Very nice. Congratulations!!!

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#9 posted 05-28-2013 04:08 PM

Awesome work. I think the lack of curves is fine, in keeping with the Mission-style appearance of the piece. And incorporating the light strip is a great idea. Having easily accessible dim lighting for those 3 AM diaper changes is indispensable.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 05-28-2013 05:04 PM

Congratulations on the baby and great job on the crib. I like the lights too, it sort-of looks like a baby night club.

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#11 posted 05-28-2013 07:53 PM

Good job, nice looking crib. The back light is a really cool idea. Congratulations for the new family member. It is good that you turned out your panic into a practical and useful activity !

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#12 posted 05-28-2013 09:38 PM

Nice build. thanks for posting

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#13 posted 05-29-2013 01:09 AM

That’s perfect, how are the top holes covered when it is converted to full size bed mode?
The reason I ask is I am building a crib myself

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#14 posted 05-29-2013 05:10 AM

Thanks for all of the compliments guys! I can’t wait to put it to some good use!

joein10asee, yep it’s out first. I really hope it does last for generations… or at least more than one LOL

GROOVY56, the hardware kit that I ordered from Products America supplies you with shorter bolts that are used in place of the longer ones. (2” vs 5”???) Kind of like dummy hardware. I’ve tossed around the idea of making ebony plugs for when it’s converted in to a full size but that would defeat the purpose of a 3-in-1.

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#15 posted 05-29-2013 05:22 AM

As a side note:

If I were to do anything differently, I would not use the the supplied barrel nuts/bolts for connecting the different pieces. It’s a pain to get everything lined up just right or else you run the risk of stripping out bolts… which I almost did, but I saved it. Also, the exposed hardware reminds me of cheapo knock-down furniture from ikea. If/when I build another one I am going to look around for different options now that I have knowledge of how it goes together.

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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