Crib and changing table

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Project by willi3ja posted 01-03-2014 05:06 PM 3025 views 15 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’re expecting our first little one, due in about 3 weeks from now, so I took the opportunity to try my hand at building some bigger furniture (have previously built a bench and bookcase). This was also the first project that I had used plans versus drawing things out myself and making whatever adjustments as needed and it was a bit of a change. It’s made of maple and finished with GF black cherry and GF high performance semi gloss.

We moved into a larger house about a year ago which afforded me an official workshop vs having to back the cars out of the garage. May have blown my tool budget for the next year (or 5) on the following acquisitions in addition to various accessories:

- Sawstop 3hp PCS
- Dewalt 735x planer
- Rikon 2hp DC
- Jet JDP-17 drill press
- Festool Rotex 90
- Festool CT midi
- Earlex 5500 hvlp

I hadn’t intended to buy all of them, but looking back it’s hard to imagine completing the projects without them.

Overall things went pretty smooth until the finishing process. We had picked up a handful of test stains to find the right color and used them on scrap maple boards. Once we decided on the BC I followed some guidance on using the GF pre stain conditioner underneath to help prevent blotching. Well, lesson learned about testing the ENTIRE finishing process. Went to spray the stain over the conditioner after following all instructions appropriately it looked horrible and streaky. Ended up having to sand down the entire changing table again to remove all of the stain and pre stain and it was a major PITA. I don’t have a whole lot of experience with topcoats, but was really impressed with how much depth the GF HP added.

In the end I’m pretty happy with it, couple little things here and there, but they’re only things that myself of you guys would notice. Wife is happy and that’s the most important, ha.

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 05:43 PM

Great job.Thank you for sharing this project.

-- Todd

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 07:23 PM

Fantastic projects. My 2nd is due in about 3 weeks time and he’s certainly not getting as nice a bedroom set as your child. Thanks for sharing.

-- paxorion

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 08:36 PM

Great build, and new tools also, new addition to family, lucky guy.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 08:52 PM

Nice work, they turned out great.
Sorry the GF pre-stain conditioner didn’t work for you the first time. I usually use a 3:2 washcoat of denatured alcohol to Zinssners Seal Coat Shellac.
What did you change to get the finish looking good again?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 08:55 PM

@pinto, i sanded the everything back to 120 removing all of the failed stain and the conditioner, then up to 180. Then I just resprayed and wiped the stain without any sort of sealer/conditioner and it turned out great

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 01:17 AM

beautiful pieces. The finish is outstanding.

-- tel

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 01:29 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 01:45 AM

Looks great! I’m building one for ours due in April, hope it turns out half as well as yours (the crib that is)!

-- A poor workman blames his tools

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 04:13 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 06:29 AM

Excellent craftsmanship!

I was in your shoes about 5 years ago. The furniture I built for my boys has held up exceptionally well and looks better today than when I built it. The stuff we purchased from the furniture stores is starting to fall apart and you everytime it gets dinged you see the cheap wood (poplar?) hiding under the finish. I am tired of buying furniture pens for the crap we purchased before I got into woodworking :)

Love it! You nailed the finish.

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 04:13 PM

Well done! Those pieces will last for ages. Glad you finally got the finish right, it looks really good. Why is it that the woodchips always hit the fan when you are finishing? Stories like yours are what makes me scared to use anything other than wipe-on poly.

Great job!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#12 posted 01-11-2014 03:22 AM

Great Job!

What plan did you use?

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