Crib #1: First Blog for my soon to be here Daughter

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Blog entry by Ivan posted 01-19-2012 07:37 PM 1314 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first child and I thought it would be a good project to document in a blog, her crib.

We have looked at countless cribs and I was even close at one point to just buying one, thinking that my wife wanted a black painted crib and not a ‘wood’ color for the nursery. I refused to put the time and effort into something that she was going to cover with paint.

So after throwing several tantrums and refusing to build what she wanted I ‘convinced’ her to let me build what I wanted with the caveat that I add drawers to the bottom.

I went through many iterations on the design, thicknesses, splat spacing, wood selection, contrasting woods, etc…

This is still a work in progress, I made a Sketchup model, but that was mostly to see what the different spacings between splats would do. I haven’t included it here because as I was laying out my pieces on the rough stock last night I realized that my 6/4 would not give me the 1-1/2” thickness I wanted. Plus I had a really nice 8/4 board that I decided would work for the ‘back’ arched pieces. Anyway…

Pictures are of the Mahogany cut into ‘blanks’ as well as a test fit of my inner most dimensions for the mattress. No sense in making a crib that won’t accept the mattress (I once made an Adirondack chair in my basement shop and couldn’t get it out the door…).

I still have to decide how I want to connect the panels and where I want to glue and where I want to use bolts. She wants the bed to transform into a toddler bed, so the front may end up being bolted, the sides glued to the front legs and bolted to the back and the back may be glued to the legs which could act as a headboard for a twin some day…

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 11:54 PM

Congrats on the daughter, and the crib!

Thanks for posting!
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#2 posted 01-19-2012 11:59 PM

Looking forward to seeing this thing take shape! Congrats to you and your wife on your soon-to-be born daughter!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 10:09 AM

Good luck with this. A crib was my first project and still the best job I’ve done to date. It can be a real labor of love. I decided to start a tradition with mine; I put a plaque with the build dates on it and one with my daughter’s name and date on it. I’ll do the same for each kid that uses it. I got the idea from having a cradle that was built by the wife’s great great grandfather and being uncertain of just how many people, and who, have actually used it.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 01-20-2012 03:58 PM

Russ, I was thinking of doing exactly that, thinking that it would be handed down.

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 06:08 PM

Congrats on the soon to be daughter. Good idea making it convertible, they grow up so fast. You having the mattress up front reminds me when my father-in-law and I made a captain’s style bed (with drawers underneath) for my daughter, he must of gotten the measurements from a RV mattress or something, but it came out 6” too long. We had to bring it in through a bedroom window as it wouldn’t slide through the door. She used the space to put stuffed animals on it but it was a shame since it was built out of a lovely maple and was built like a tank.

-- Fergie in CO

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 06:21 PM

congratulations to the three of you!

great idea on the ‘legacy plaque’ russ

funny with the chair ivan

PM me if you need to know
where the kids come from lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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