Grand Daughters Crib

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Blog series by Les Hastings updated 03-27-2009 09:35 PM 11 parts 23131 reads 109 comments total

Part 1: Shaping the legs

09-08-2008 04:14 AM by Les Hastings | 9 comments »

My first Grand Daughter will be here sometime in November. My Daughter requested this that I build this Walnut Sleigh crib. So let’s get this show on the road. I’ve been saving this piece of walnut for a couple of years now or so, its 2 1/4×15” x 98”. I’ll be using it for the legs. After I finally got a pattern drawn that I was happy with and one that I could fit four legs on my one chunk of walnut, I’m ready to start milling. I milled the wanut dow...

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Part 2: Outside curved panels

09-15-2008 03:07 AM by Les Hastings | 9 comments »

The form is made first out of 3/4 mdf. The size is 30 3/4” wide by 41” long by 6 1/2” tall. It consisits of a base and 21 pcs. cut in a curve to match the outside edge of the legs minus 5/8”. The 5/8” is to allow for a 3/8” thick finished panel with a reveal left of 1/4” on the leg. The panel will be out of one piece of bender board and one piece 1/8” bending birch. First I bagged the Rift Walnut veneer to the 1/8” bending birch with it ...

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Part 3: Inside curved panels

09-24-2008 02:36 AM by Les Hastings | 4 comments »

This entry is sort of a repeat from the last one. A new form was made for the inside curved panels. These panels however are mostly flat on the inside part of the crib. Only the the very top portion is curved. Once again a form was made from 3/4 mdf. As before the wanut veneer was bagged to the 1/8 bending birch flat first. Then placed back in the bag with the bender board to complete the panel. Below is the panel just clamped between the legs. Now that the panels are co...

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Part 4: Routing legs for panels/Beading the legs

10-13-2008 02:59 AM by Les Hastings | 10 comments »

My Addison Rose of Texas is getting closer to needing this( Nov. 4th due date), so I best get with it. The panels are 3/8 thick so I made a routing template an 1/8 smaller where the panel will set in the leg. I used a collar on the router of 5/8 with a 3/8 router bit. The template was made to rout both panels into the leg at the same time. I routed the legs 5/16 deep for the panels. Here’s the pictures of the template work and the one of the legs after the routing was finished. ...

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Part 5: Routing in the carvings

10-15-2008 02:09 AM by Les Hastings | 7 comments »

Yes,,,,,,,, I said routing in the carvings. I’d much rather carve something by hand, but I’m quickly running out of time. I took a piece of 3/4 FC walnut scrap and made a routing template the correct size. I’ll use a plunge router to rout out the area needed for the carvings. I purchased the carvings out of cherry, but they will color and match the rest of the walnut just fine. Here’s the template all set up and clamp in place ready to go. I made the routing ...

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Part 6: Making the crest rails/Starting assembly

10-21-2008 02:27 AM by Les Hastings | 15 comments »

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...

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Part 7: Making Feet/ Starting Rails

10-29-2008 03:35 AM by Les Hastings | 11 comments »

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 ...

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Part 8: Not done yet, but just got the call!

11-06-2008 01:51 AM by Les Hastings | 8 comments »

Well,,,,,,,,,,,I didn’t make it in time! Mommy2be just called and is headed to the hospital to deliver Addison Rose, my first Grand Daughter. (third grandchild) I need to make a quick stop at work in the morning and make sure everybody is covered for the next two days,,,,,,then its a 6 hour trip to Dalllas. My guess is Addison will be waiting for me when I get there! She’s a day late, kinda like her Grandpa! I’ll be back with pictures and to finish up this crib. (as...

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Part 9: Addison is here!! Working my tail oof to finish this crib!!

11-16-2008 05:17 AM by Les Hastings | 10 comments »

Addison rose was born Thurday the 6th of November at 2:19 am. Both are doing just fine. Addison weighed in at a whopping 7lbs. 15 oz. and stands 21” tall. I’m working hard to get this crib finished up and into finish. I think you guys are right, my timing is off a little or is it? This way I’ll have to go back down when the crib is done and I’ll get to see Addison again. Here’s a picture of Addison at about 12 hours old. Click on the picture to see it full v...

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Part 10: The build is finally done!

11-28-2008 02:45 AM by Les Hastings | 18 comments »

Addison is already here as most of you already know ( and doing just fine). I’ve been really busy since we returned home from Addison arrival trying to get the crib finished up. I actually finished it up the weekend after we got back, but I’ve to busy to get things posted. The changing table is in finish right now and I’ve been busy with that to. They came up this weekend for the holidays and are going to take the changing table back with them to Texas. Then when finish is ...

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Part 11: It had to be!!!

03-27-2009 09:35 PM by Les Hastings | 8 comments »

Good enough for a movie star!! Meet Addison, 5 months old. And you thought I did all this for someone special!!!!! ;o)

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