Grand Daughters Crib #6: Making the crest rails/Starting assembly

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 10-21-2008 02:27 AM 2186 reads 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The crest rails are made up of three pieces. One piece is about half of the rail. Another piece of about a quarter of the rail is milled and glued to the half piece. A filler piece is then glued into the open quarter section with craft paper between the pieces. this so it will come out after the piece is turned on the lathe to size. Below is the turned pieces ready for the next step.


Now the the sections that were glued in with the craft paper are removed for the next step.


Once the waste piece is removed and the glue and paper have been sanded away. The final piece of the rail can now be glued into place.


After the glue ups have been completed I place each piece on the the leg where it goes and marked where it needed to trimmed to. The piece is a little to large to trim on the table saw so I made mutiple pass’s on the jointer to get it close on the one side and used the table saw on the other small side. Below is the rail starting to take shape.



The only thing left besides a lot of sanding is making the groves for the inside and outside curved panels to silde into. Shown below.


Ok! After some clean up of the rails its time to start getting some assembly done. The next couple of pictures are of one of the end leg sections being assembled.



I have one leg section now complete other than some final sanding and clean up. In the next three pictures you can see how this Bad Boy came out. I pretty happy with how it came out. I’m getting excited to see the whole thing together myself.




I leave you with one final scene from the shop. Grandpa Les after a hard days work on Addison’s crib soon to be.


Love Dad/Grandpa

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 10-21-2008 02:40 AM

Looking good Les, that looks like a labor of love that will be appreciated for years to come.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 10-21-2008 02:58 AM

looking good. seeing this take shape is cool. i’m really excited to see it finishes!

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#3 posted 10-21-2008 03:00 AM

Excellent Blog!!! Great detail shots!!! And I really like your new hair style.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 10-21-2008 03:09 AM

Inspiring shape. Very eager to see the finished crib.

Great job.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-21-2008 03:34 AM

Les, I can tell that you are really getting into this piece. :) Have fun and keep the posts coming. I am enjoying this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 10-21-2008 04:03 AM

This piece is going to be a beautiful piece. The shape is outstanding. I’m enjoying following along with this project.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 10-21-2008 04:24 AM

Thanks everybody! I’m having fun, just wish I had more time. But time is running short. When I get all done maybe I’ll make a measured drawing to with it, maybe.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 10-21-2008 02:18 PM

Little Addie’s going to be sleeping in a $20,000 bed! That is gorgeous buddy. Absolutely beautiful! You are going to have some big shoes to fill in a few years when she realizes what Grandpa is capable of :-)

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#9 posted 10-21-2008 03:03 PM

All I can say is WOW! This bed is turning out even more unbelievible than I imagined! Two weeks and counting…I can’t believe it! Love you.

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#10 posted 10-21-2008 05:29 PM

Fantastic Les :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#11 posted 10-21-2008 08:10 PM

This is an incredible project! I just noticed the blog.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 10-21-2008 09:14 PM

This crib is incredible!!! I can’t wait to see the final product.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#13 posted 10-21-2008 10:16 PM

Coming together really nicely…nice hairdo…LOL

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#14 posted 10-22-2008 01:15 AM

Les, The sleigh bed is incredible. You are definitely a mastercraftsman. I can’t wait to see the finished product and I want to see a picture with the granddaughter enjoying it. I dido the hair style…........ looks like you are having fun at least. Keep up the great posts….......... and by the way…..... My great grandson beat your granddaughter. Kevin was born Saturday at 10:38pm, 6 lbs, 3 oz and 19” long.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 10-22-2008 04:15 AM

Thanks Guys!

Congratulations Jerry!

Love you to Babe!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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