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My wife and I are expecting our first child to be born in the first part of September. I am going to attempt to build some baby furniture for him. I have never built any baby furniture and would love to get some ideas, suggestions, input from those that have.

I think we have decided on building a crib. We haven’t decided on whether to build a convertible crib or just a regular crib.

My first question is that when you change the convertible crib into a full size bed, what do you do with the extra crib parts? How do you hide the hardware attachment holes? Or do you?

I guess I will be buying the hardware from Rockler, unless someone has a better idea. I think we are going to use walnut for everything, but may end up throwing some lighter colored wood in the mix. I have a few different types of wood stacked in the garage to pick from.

I am also going to be building a changing table. Actually it may just be a top for the dresser we already have, we’ll see.

If I can get this done and still have time, I may look into building a cradle too.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. My wife likes “clean lines and straight corners” so that should speed things up a bit.

Thanks

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas



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Russel

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#1 posted 2263 days ago

If you’re under time constraints, and it sounds like you are, I would suggest buying plans to work from. You can make modifications to make it unique, but the plans will give the measurements you need to make sure that everything fits together. Rockler has all sorts of plans, so have a look there. I’ve made a few cribs and the main thing I worry about is making sure that the joinery is strong. Once the youngsters grow, they sometimes get rather animated and you’ll want to make sure that they cannot “shake the house down.”

Good luck and have fun.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Randy Sharp

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#2 posted 2263 days ago

Kevin, as a father of three, my recommendation would be to not build a “conversion.” Build the crib first. I’ve built about a dozen of these -http://www.plansnow.com/crib.html. Then, build the cradle. Later on, you can build a toddler bed.

I’m assuming more babies will come along, so you’ll appreciate having several “heirlooms” to be used over and over. Thinking down the road, your children will have a special gift when they have babies, so seperate peices will allow each of your children to get one.

As far as a changing table, it’s probably not needed (my opinion). You’ll do most diaper changing in the living room (dad/TV) or your bedroom (mom’s choice).

Congratulations on the new little one!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Kevin

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#3 posted 2263 days ago

Randy,

That made me laugh a little. I didn’t think the changing table would get used either for the same reasons you listed.

The reason I was thinking about the convertible bed was for the “heirloom” idea. I thought they could grow up with their bed and then convert it back to a crib when they have kids.

But, we’ve been talking about it and may end up going with the separate crib after all. Boys tend to tear up their stuff anyways. If it is just a crib, it could probably be “saved” from destruction easier.

Thanks for the advice and for the links. I like the looks of that crib.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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Randy Sharp

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#4 posted 2262 days ago

The one exception to the crib plans was deleting the squares along the headboard. It would be extra work, plus I didn’t care for the look. The other change was in the mortise and tenon joinery. I did each spindle mortise seperate instead of using small filler blocks along a dado. This kept the rails nice and clean looking, with less parts to cut, measure and glue.

Let me assure you…these beds are absolutely rock solid (I used oak). It will take a hoss of a boy to tear these up!

I was up your way a few weeks ago. My daughter (Tupelo, MS) married a Kansas boy in March. The live in McPherson. The Froese’s are K-State fans too!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Kevin

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#5 posted 2262 days ago

Always love hearing about other KSU fans.

Congratulations on the marriage.

I agree with you on the little squares. I don’t like them too much either.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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Taigert

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#6 posted 2248 days ago

Kevin,
Congats on the upcoming birth. I have 2 girls and 1 boy, what a joy in life it is to have children.
Randy- Why would you suggest the crib first then build a craddle?
All 3 of my kids spent their first months sleeping in a cradle in our room near our bed. This was great foe the wife seen as she was breast feeding. I can’t remember right now how long they stayed in the cradle, before moving to the crib in their own room.
When they were ready to move out of the crib, into a bed . We took the crib mattress and used it in a “toddlers” bed till about three or four years of age. Then into a regular bed.
One crib survived tree kids and would still last another half dozen.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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