crib for my second daughter, walnut

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Project by VA_Engineer posted 08-20-2013 10:43 PM 6752 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the crib for my second daughter, finished just in time. Due date is 9.20.2013. I was building our kitchen table when my wife was pregnant with our first daughter so I didn’t get to this project the first go around. The measurements are loosely based on ikea and pottery barn cribs but everything is really setup so that the mattress fits snugly.

Made of local walnut, except mattress support which is poplar. Finish is one coat of BLO and 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin.

The short sides are attached with bed fasteners from rockler which were a lot more difficult to recess and line up than I had planned for. Next go around I’ll stick with the traditional crib hardware kits, but I really like that nothing is visible.

Mattress support frame is bolted with brass bolts into brass inserts (5 height settings, 2” apart), supported by short brass bars. Brass inserts are tricky, but Ron helped me through it. I broke 3 inserts with a screwdriver before I wised up and headed to youtube.

I cut a dado for the slats and glued blocks in between each one to fill the gap, extended working time glue was a must. All the slats were resawn from 4/4 stock on my rickety little rigid band saw.

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#1 posted 08-20-2013 11:10 PM

Your daughter’s name is walnut?

Just kidding. The crib is beautiful. I love the look of walnut and the clean lines of the crib.
Nice build.

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 11:23 PM

Very nicely done; looks great; and, I’m sure your daughter will love I.

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 01:14 AM

Beautiful! What a treasure it will be in years to come. We still have the cradle that my grandpa built for me out of solid hickory back in ‘76. I used it for both of my kids. You are a good dad! And just for the record, I think ASH -ley would be an appropriate name. (haha joking).

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#4 posted 08-23-2013 07:28 PM

Great looking and well crafted crib! Like the simple design, looks sturdy and will last for a long time where your daughter can hand it down to her daughter. Great job!

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 07:48 AM

Well done, Very nice crib. A crib is somewhere where your baby should feel safe and secure and a place that you feel comfortable to leave him.Baby’s comfort depends on crib construction and versatility.Wooden baby cribs are durable and if properly maintained,they can last for as long as ten to thirteen years.

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#6 posted 08-31-2013 11:02 PM

Do you have any idea how I can make a platform bed about the height of the crib to put my dog crate under it to hide it. I live in a small space and have a queen sized bed.

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