Grand Daughters Crib #7: Making Feet/ Starting Rails

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 10-29-2008 03:35 AM 2044 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been debating for a while now,,,,,what kind of feet should this crib have? I’m running our of time so something simple, yet goes with the rest of the design. Needs to be fast to make, since time is running out. Ah Ha! I have it!

Here’s Grandpa back in the shop hard at work at the lathe…....


The feet have been started (one extra for a sample) But they look like just a plain ole ball Grandpa!


Yes they are just a plain ole ball,,,,,,but I’m not quite done just yet! Said Grandpa. Let’s go the the other shop and put them on the Legacy. So Grandpa heads to the other shop.


The machine is all set up and we’re ready go. In just minutes the balls are transformed into little pumkins. ;o)




Both ends of the crib are close to being done, after a little more sanding fun. The fixed rails have been started, drilled for bolts and attached to the ends. Its finally starting to look like a crib and none to soon.



Oh please Addison give Grandpa just a little more time, I’ll be done soon.

Love Dad/Grandpa

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

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#1 posted 10-29-2008 04:01 AM

Beautiful! Love the feet!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-29-2008 04:07 AM

show-off! LOL. Beautiful. I’m working on a crib myself. Maybe by the time I get to grandkids, I can give something as cool as this a shot. Thanks for blogging it and great work.

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#3 posted 10-29-2008 05:50 AM

Was that a little sawdust on your glasses in the first picture? :) The crib is looking super.

When this crib shows up on Antiques Roadshow 100 years from now and your great, great granddaughter says, ” And here is all the documentation . . .”, the appraiser will say, “The crib alone is only worth a few million dollars, but with such provenance, it is worth at least a billion!”

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 10-29-2008 05:55 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 10-29-2008 02:19 PM

Just gorgeous, I love seeing new blogs from you Les. This is truly a labor of love as we can all see.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 10-29-2008 07:28 PM

Yeap,,,,,,,sawdust on me glasses!

Thanks guys for all your comments, your all to kind!! ;o)

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

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#7 posted 10-30-2008 12:34 AM

Les, love those feet what a great idea. And is all looks so easy…LOL

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 10-31-2008 02:28 AM

I love the feet dad! Great idea!

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#9 posted 11-01-2008 05:22 AM


My husband and I were admiring your work again and have a couple of questions about the Legacy. We know you’re on a deadline with Addison due any day now, so take your time in answering. (I’d look for a video on the web, but with dial-up it takes us nearly an hour of download time for each minute of video and we’re getting old fast enough!)

1. Is the hardware that is attached to the foot just for mounting in the Legacy or is it for mounting the foot to the crib, too?

2. Is there a pilot on the bit on the Legacy or how does it follow the shape of the ball? Do you guide it, or is it totally automated?

Thanks for all your instruction.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 11-01-2008 08:21 PM

Lightweight, The metal clip on the ball is to mount it to the Legacy. I put it on to do the turning as well, that way it stays centered from one machine to the other. The legacy and the lathe both have #2 tapers so they interchange easily.

You have to guide the legacy by hand around the ball. I use a five inch long bit with a bearing that cuts a 9/16” radius on these feet. The leagacy does have a stylis to follow a patern, but so far I haven’t had to use it.

Click on the pictures and you can see the whole view, you’ll be able to see the bit that is used.

Stopped for lunch, working on the rails today. Best get back at it!

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

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#11 posted 11-02-2008 05:49 PM

Great Blog!!! What size Legacy Ornamental Milling machine do you have? We have the 1800 with the 96” Max length. It’s a great machine for many applacation. Your a very talented woodworker. Do you make a living form woodworking? or do you have another job? Thats for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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