This is my first serious project and is actually what got me into woodworking. I always liked building and creating, but didnt have the tools to really do anything.
When my wife got pregnant with our first kid, my parents gave me the childhood bedroom set that I had as an infant. It was a crib and dresser. They kept it for 30-some-odd years in hopes of their grandchild oneday using it. About a year ago we refinished the dresser but bought a new crib. Safety standards change in 30 years and new was a better way to go.
My mom always said “That was the first time that we decided to really buy a nice set and get something with real high quality.” So we didnt want to trash the crib. All the pieces were covered in this thick (non-lead, thank god) paint. Under the paint was real nice maple. Some of the grain was fabulous. It took forever to sand or strip off.
Now, onto the actual project:
Design is complete and I finally have most of the old crib pieces sanded down. Everything except the spindles (more on that later). I have a sheet of maple ply and some solid maple for the trim pieces ready to be cut.
I am not good at sketch up, so I use it for basics and do the rest in the shop. Its going to be a bench design with a lid that opens like a book. That way its not too heavy for the kid and keeps the fingers safer. The back and arms of the bench are going to be the parts from the head and footboard of the crib.
The spindles are whats going to make or break this project. In order to attach them to the flat faces of the box, I needed to find a way to flatten one side. Without a bandsaw, I turned to the WoodWhisperer for advice. He gave me a jig idea (close to my original idea) to encase the spindle between 2 – 2×4s with notches cut out that hold the spindle steady. Set blade height to cut the spindle (and bottom of jig) but not go through top of jig. Then unload jig and do it again. So, when I get to that jig, I’ll post.
Right now, design and basic joinery practice is done. I still need to work on the box joint as I dont have a dado blade. But that will come. Wish me luck.
-- I specialize in expensive mistakes.