Baby Crib #5: Nearing Completion

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Blog entry by MDeSchepper posted 05-05-2010 04:45 AM 1115 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s been about 5 weeks since my last post. Life got a little crazy after we put the house on the market. The woodshop (garage) became the dumping ground for a lot of stuff as we cleaned house to stage it for showings. I finished up the side rails, top and bottom, and due to some poor math I’m 2 slats short of completion. I’ll cut those tomorrow. The top rails for the sides proved to be challenging. Initially I cut out for the sleigh profile and made sure it lined up properly. Once I was happy with the fit I then cut out the mortises for the slats and then cut out the profile. I made sure the profile was the last thing I did at the band saw to make cutting out the mortises a lot easier.

I decided to make sure before final assembly to get some knockdown hardware so I’m able to take this apart and move this big thing through doors. I was able to to get the one side totally assembled this evening. So far this is where I stand:

I’ve already ordered the mattress spring and should be here next Thursday. The mattress was purchased this past Sunday as well as the bedding. As of right now I’m still debating internally on the finish. It’s all cherry but don’t know yet how to finish. At this point I’m open to any advice from my fellow LJ’s to weigh in on my options.

-- 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 05-05-2010 04:58 AM

Nice job.

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#2 posted 05-05-2010 08:12 AM

Nice. If you’ve got the time do 3-5 coats of tung oil with 2 weeks in between coats and 2-3 coats poly. Nice crib.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#3 posted 05-05-2010 08:17 AM

...If you’ve got only a little time olive oil gives an acceptable surface and is non-toxic to any babies inhabiting the crib.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#4 posted 05-05-2010 09:53 AM

Your crib is turning out great. I am working on a crib for my daughter right now. Thanks for the inspiration to get it done.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 03:16 PM

When I did my crib, I used watco danish oil first. let it cure. then amber shellac. then zinser sealcoat shellac, then poly for protection. My daughter has still chewed through the poly now that she is teething. I really like the look of amber shellac on cherry. It is non toxic and dries SUPER fast. The only problem is, it isn’t all that tough. Its really easy to refinish though. I’d have skipped the poly on mine if I new she’d chew through it so easily.

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 03:21 PM

very nice. always wanted to make one of those. never had the time.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 05-06-2010 01:22 AM

Beautiful work, I feel you pain about poor math and slats….did the same thing (twice) with my son’s crib. Anyway, I posted a suggestion on the finish in your forum question…...hope your decision making goes well for your finishing. Look forward to seeing the finished product.

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

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