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Blog entry by Kevin posted 07-02-2008 05:31 AM 950 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Designing a Crib Part 3 of Baby Furniture series Part 4: Ready for hardware »

We went through and picked out some lumber last weekend. My dad came out and helped me get all of the pieces planed down and cut to rough size.

The Sycamore slats are cut to size, the rest is just close. Waiting for final dimensioning to give the wood some time to move if it is going to.

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Here we are preparing it.

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Yeah, I know, forgot my safety glasses. I’ve been trying to do better at this now that I have some prescription safety glasses.

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Here is the stack as it sits now.

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-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas



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Kevin

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#1 posted 07-02-2008 05:32 AM

All those little spacers.

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-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#2 posted 07-02-2008 06:13 AM

Kevin – sure looks like you’ve put a lot of thought into this project. I hope it goes well for you. The stock you have looks great.

How are you going to fasten the gate that opens to slide out the mattress? Wondering how you are going to make that safe for the “I’m big enough to stand up and push on the sides of my crib” stage. Just curious, I’ve never been in the market for a crib and not sure how that all works out.

thanks for the post, looking forward to watching your progress.

Oh and—- don’t forget those safety glasses – you’ll want those eyes to gaze on the new little one! :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 07-02-2008 07:02 AM

Love seeing the progress photos!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#4 posted 07-02-2008 07:13 AM

Betsy,

I think I’ll use a piano hinge on the one side and a couple latches, one at top and one at bottom for the other side. I don’t think you can tell in the drawings, but the upper & lower rails on the left side are actually two pieces. One half stays put and the other half is part of the gate.

The other thing my wife and I wanted was to be able to take the crib apart to store it. So, the back of the crib and the front brace will be attached with bolts. The sides will be mortise and tenon joined to the legs and will not come apart.

Bring on the questions, I like it. Makes me think about what I am doing from another perspective. Surely if I can come up with answers to all the great questions here, my design will stand the test of time.

Thanks Betsy

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#5 posted 07-02-2008 11:44 AM

Good work. The one thing about crib building is that there are A LOT of parts. It looks like you’ve got things well organinzed, and I’m with Betsy, that’s some really nice wood you’re using. I’m looking forward to watching the progress.

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

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#6 posted 07-02-2008 11:46 AM

Kevin,
It looks like you found some nice lumber.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#7 posted 07-02-2008 03:36 PM

Organized? That took place on day two. Got a few boards milled down and then realised I didn’t know what they were all for. Now I am sticking some painters tape on each piece and labeling it both for size and location on the crib. Seems to be working out a lot better.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#8 posted 07-03-2008 01:58 AM

Kevin – always glad to help with questions. Sounds like you’ve got this really thought out.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 07-03-2008 04:33 AM

Here are some guidelines you may want to keep in mind. I highly doubt it is comprehensive, but you said you wanted something to challenge your own thought process. Maybe this will help.

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#10 posted 07-03-2008 04:55 AM

Thanks for the guidelines, they are included in the set I have from the ASTM and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If anyone else is planning on building a crib, these two publications are basically the standards that manufactures are judged by and are quite helpful. Google it.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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