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Frazeran

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11-22-2019 07:36 PM

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks,

As the title suggests, I am in the process of making a crib for my first child on the way. Naturally, I don’t trust anyone else but myself to build and assemble a crib for him/her (Channeling my inner Ron Swanson). No, I did not purchase the plans for the 4 in 1 that I have seen a lot of people referencing. My wife had a very specific design that she liked and I am figuring it out along the way. (See attached). Surprisingly, I think I have worked through the complex curves, dados, etc. What I am puzzled about and CANNOT find anywhere is the heights for the 3-4 crib settings. Does anyone know these? Essentially, I looking for what the distance from the top of the mattress to the top of the crib rail should be for each setting. Appreciate the help!


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#1 posted 11-22-2019 09:19 PM

when it comes to small beds for kids and infants, I very strongly
suggest you purchase the mattress before starting actual fabrication.
all mattresses are not the same size. so plan accordingly.

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#2 posted 11-22-2019 11:19 PM

Great tip! Will do

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#3 posted 11-23-2019 01:49 PM

I followed the 3 in one plan from Wood magazine. Their dimensions for the inserts on the legs are 4 inches apart starting 11 3/8 from the bottom end. Their front rail is 37 3/8 high. Hope this helps.

Also have you already purchased your mattress spring frame yet? I am currently building my 2nd crib and the supplier I used last time is out of business and I cannot find where to buy a mattress frame. Where are you getting yours ?
swimbill

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#4 posted 11-23-2019 02:03 PM

Oh that’s great! I’ll have to do that math and translate it to top of crib mattress to top of rail but I think I can get there with what you shared.

I have not purchased a mattress spring. I couldn’t find one anywhere. In the spirit of the project, I will be building one out of hardwood. Bolts will go through that into my posts/inserts

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#5 posted 11-25-2019 01:04 PM

Bump

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#6 posted 12-03-2019 09:28 PM

@swim


I followed the 3 in one plan from Wood magazine. Their dimensions for the inserts on the legs are 4 inches apart starting 11 3/8 from the bottom end. Their front rail is 37 3/8 high. Hope this helps.

- swimbill

Is it accurate to say that there are 3 height settings? The top one being 19” (not including the 5” mattress) from the top of the rail and then 23” from the top and then 27” from the top?

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#7 posted 12-04-2019 07:13 AM

+1 for building the size to the mattress. I you seen the movie ‘Don’t Eat the Daisies’ (a Doris Day movie). In the first five minutes of the movie, you’ll see a play pen made with steel bars and a pad lock to keep one of the kids in the play pen.

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