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Blog entry by MOJOE posted 07-26-2009 10:42 PM 700 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well guys and gals, the wife is at a baby shower and the 2 yr old is with Grandma at the water park. That means I have a few hours to work on the new crib again!!!!! I recently cut the radius portions on the legs and headboard top. To do this I cut the first leg with a jigsaw (man I wish I had a bandsaw) then used it as a pattern on the router table with a flush trim bit. Everything went well until the last leg. The bit caught some grain and split a little bit of the lower leg. No worries, a quick buzz through the tablesaw and all was well. I really chewed up the headboard top with the jigsaw, so I re-marked the radius and went back to the router table with a straight bit for a little free hand work. Took it down to within a 1/16 of the line, and took my time. After that, I put the sacrificial fence on with about 1/32 of the bit showing. Keeping the radius touching on both sides of the bit, I removed that last little bit. Cleaned everything up with a palm sander. Probably not the best, but the safest and most accurate method I could come up with. Next came the interesting part, I finally used my pocket hole jig to put all pieces together for the headboard (minus the panels). That thing is awsome. Since it will not show, thougth this would be OK. Went together well, and stayed flush and square. Just for kicks, I put “paint grade” plugs in for a little contrasting color. They will be against the wall, but I will know they are there. All and all, pretty happy with today’s progress. I plan on routing a rabbit in the back side to place the panels. It should work pretty smooth with a straight edge (in my mind at least). Anyway, thanks for reading and here are a couple pics.
joe

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



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#1 posted 07-27-2009 03:20 PM

this is looking nice. I’m just putting some finishing touches on a crib of my own. Daughter is 4 mo’s now. She is sleeping in it, but there is one more piece I want to add that will just be screwed in (just for looks). I hope you do better timewise than I did. it really looks very nice. I’m guessing flame birch?

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 04:30 AM

Thanks for the comments, the wood is birch, but I didn’t notice the wavy pattern in the left panel frame until I saw the camera pic. I think I just lucked out and picked a unique board from the stack.

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

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 03:41 PM

i posted a blog on this (or maybe a forum post) where I snagged a similar piece of birch. I almost didn’t buy it because I thought it was just saw marks.

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#4 posted 07-29-2009 12:57 AM

I personally have a very hard time seeing the curl/flame on raw wood. Probably because my experience is pretty limited. It’s funny, the flash from the camera makes the piece of wood look completely different from the garage light. I might have to go find a couple pieces of curly maple for the panels now.

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

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