My only daughter is having her first baby due in July. I told her I wanted to build a 4-in-1 crib for the baby. Needless to say, she said yes, and asked if I could build a matching six-drawer dresser as well. She wants the pieces made out of cherry and stained walnut.
The first thing we did was agree on a design that she liked and I felt I could build. Whenever I build something with greater detail, I like to make some shop sketches. This helps me to figure out how I am going to build it, the overall dimensions, size of the parts, and make a cutting list. The cross section sketch gives me an idea of what moldings will look like and what cutters I will need to make them. These moldings will go on the dresser, headboard and front assemblies. I need to still figure out the parts for the toddler guard rail and full size bed rails and slats yet. I am going to wait until the sub-assemblies are built to do that. The only wood parts I need to buy are the bun feet, wood knobs, and turned columns, because I do not have a lathe.
The next step is to build a jig to form the wood for the curved moldings. Making the curved moldings is going to be the most time consuming part of this whole project and I want to get it out of the way.
Because my daughter lives in California and I live in Iowa, I am planning on doing a blog series so she can see the progress I am making. I hope others will enjoy seeing how I go about building these pieces.
-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa