Building Baby Stokes' 3-in-1 Crib #14: Drilling, Tapping & Assembly

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Blog entry by Will Stokes posted 11-24-2011 09:05 PM 4017 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Assembly was pretty straight forward, just time consuming as I had to drill out the remaining threaded inserts into the posts and make sure all the parts lined up just right. OK, perhaps I’m glossing over the details just a tad. The front and back of the crib are 1” thick, but the threaded inserts I bought from Rockler were 1 1/4” long. Oops! They also required a very rare drill bit size I had to order online from some no-name supplier from Brooklyn. Once I had the bit in hand I drilled the apprpriate sized hole through a piece of 1” thick cherry scrap. Using bees wax I tapped the hole and threaded the insert deep so that ~3/8” came out the back end. I put the fixture into a vice and using a hack-saw removed the last 3/8” of the threaded insert. With the help of my wife and a pair of roller stands I then drilled the the ~7/8” holes in the posts, then used the drill press to tap the holes at exactly 90 degrees. Despite being 39 weeks pregnant my wife was instrumental in helping me with these steps and the final assembly.

At last we could finally see assembled crib in its various forms.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 06:44 AM

That is going to be one nice looking crib.

Kids (for the most part) like chewing on the rails, are those peg all the way through or are they just buttons (if so they may pose a choking hazard if they dislodge).

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 07:52 PM

The pegs are faux in the sense that they are flat caps with a small hole drilled into the back. A mating hole is drilled in the cherry frame and a healthy dose of glue and a tight fitting dowel hole the three pieces together. I’m aware of the choking risk and will make sure they all remain glued in well. I actually used a clamp to press them into place. I personally think it would require a chisel and hammer and perhaps a pair of pliers to pop any of them off and even that would be a challenge. The two pins at the top corners of the front of the crib are removable as they hide the screws that hold the sides to the front. I certainly don’t want Tommy to pull those out and choke on them so I’ve wrapped the already tight fitting dowel with a couple of layers of tape and them pressed them into place. They would be very difficult to pry out. They’re actually hard for me to get out.

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