Joe, it sounds like you are off to a good start with the crib. It will be interesting to follow along through the construction process.New Crib #1
As you may or may not know, my wife and I are expecting our 2nd in February. Our first will be 2 next week and we have recently changed her crib into a toddler bed (conversion 2 of 3). Her crib is alright, but as you might expect, it is some type of plastic-like veneer over mystery wood. When we got the news, I decided to build a convertible crib myself this time around. I figured if I was going to spend a couple hyndred bucks for a crib, might as well buy some nice lumber and spend a little time in the shop! So yesterday I received a mattress spring frame and hadrware kit from "productsamerica" and tomorrow I will be heading to Shuttee Lumber here in K.C. to pick out some stock. I am pretty partial to walnut, but I think that will be a little dark and won't match up with the rest of our home too well. After much thought, it looks like birch for the framework, and fiddleback maple for the slats and raised panels for the headboard. I chose birch due to the fact that it is only slightly more brown (if you pick through it a bit) then the maple, so I think it will have a subtle contrast that will look nice. If anyone has any comments regarding my wood choices, please speak up. The finishing plan is looking like this…..Natural Watco and Arm-R-Seal on the birch, and Amber water-base dye and Arm-R-Seal for the maple (hoping this kinda pops that grain of the maple a bit and provides some subtle ques to draw the eye). Anyway, not planning anything too complex as it has been a while since I have been really serious about woodworking (mortise and tendons for the 4 sides and bolts to hold the sides together so it can be converted later). I have a few project posted here, but this crib will be my most substantial to date. Since I am still new to the whole "blog thing" I plan on documenting the whole process and postig often. I'll post again once the birch is purchased and in the meantime, I'll try to figure out how to post pix in the blog.