Building Baby Stokes' 3-in-1 Crib #11: Drilling and Large Glue-ups

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Blog entry by Will Stokes posted 11-24-2011 08:45 PM 2228 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Tenons and Stepped Panels Part 11 of Building Baby Stokes' 3-in-1 Crib series Part 12: Cleanup »

Before gluing up the front, back and sides I decided to first drill the holes for the faux pins. I used my small combination square to carefully lay these all out, then just set my depth stop on the drill press and proceed to drill a seemingly endless number of holes all over the cherry frame. It felt so weird doing this after I had spent all this time trying to keep theses pieces looking as perfect as possible. I guess you could say I had to take a leap of faith that I would like the way it would turn out but I knew I liked the design in Sketchup so that helped.

Once drilling was complete, it was time for all the glue-ups. These were slightly tricky. I decided to wrap the ends of the spindles and panels with blue tap to simplify the cleanup, especially since these pieces were already sanded to 220. I first glued in the lower rails to the vertical posts. This was possible because the top rail can be pushed straight down since I was using a bridal joint instead of a standard mortise and tenon at the top corners. Once that was dry, with the help of a number of pipe clamps and a few taps with a rubber mallet I was able to get the panels all glued up without too much trouble.

Gluing up the toddler front:

Gluing up one of the crib sides:

Gluing up the front of the crib:

Gluing up the back of the crib:

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