Baby Crib #4: Stairway to heaven

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Blog entry by MDeSchepper posted 03-29-2010 04:09 AM 1617 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Productivity gone south Part 4 of Baby Crib series Part 5: Nearing Completion »

Was able to get quite a bit accomplished despite a major setback. Back on my 1st blog I showed how I was working from some plans I purchased which offered full size templates for the legs. I have learned a very valuable lesson from this and to my fellow LJ’s I hope you learn one as well. DOUBLE CHECK THE DIMENSIONS! Found out the “full size” templates were not exactly to scale. The legs I cut on the band saw were about 2 1/2” shorter than they should have been. After using the slats mounted to the top and bottom rails I found out the top rail was going to exceed the height of the legs! This was awful and I stopped work that night to refocus, relax, and plan on what to do. I contemplated making new legs but at 1 1/2” thick cherry that was going to be expensive. The simple solution was to drop the location of the bottom rail thereby correcting the height problem. So I have a few holes to fix on the front legs. I’ll get out the plug cutter and fix as best I can. I also went to town making the slats for the sides and back. Finished all of the slats and worked on making the second top and bottom rails for the back of the crib. Progress as of today is below (back section clamped up and finished front is leaning on wall):


Should be able to get the legs on tomorrow and that should leave the side rails and the mounting for the mattress. As I continue to work on this project I know that I am getting closer to the greatest day in both mine and my wife’s lives, hence the title of this week’s blog (also have been listening to Led Zeppelin in the shop all this week).

-- Mark DeSchepper -- The things I make may be for gifts for others, but making them is a gift to myself.

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 02:08 AM

Nice recovery brother! I feel you pain, as I had a similar issue with my crib. Look forward to the next installment.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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