There are 10 curved pieces needed for this crib. I needed one jig for the end assembly and another jig for the headboard assembly.
I used 2 sheets of ¾ inch particle board to make these jigs. The first thing I needed to do was make patterns out of poster board. I then taped them onto ¼ inch masonite and cut them out.
These templates were used to rout the first board of each size. Then the first boards were used as a template for the rest of the boards. I put the template on the bottom of each new piece to be routed. I clamped them together and used a flush trim bit with bearing. (Once you rout through the board, you MUST keep both pieces together; the top half and bottom half will fit perfectly together.)
The slats in the ends and headboard assemblies need to fit tight to the curved pieces. I used the same pieces for the jig that will form all the curved pieced. I laid out the spacer blocks, working from the center out, making sure the spacers hang over the curved edges. These will be routed off to the contours of the headboard bottom and the end assembly’s top. I need to order a longer bit to do this.
I continued putting pieces together until I got 5 layers. I used the combination square to keep the layers even. The most important edge to keep square is the contour edge. I marked them so that they could not be turned over by mistake. I would hate to be gluing up the strips and find out that one of the sections had been flipped over and they did not match.
I used a cloth tape to measure my curved pieces. All the curved pieces are going to be longer, then cut to fit during the assembly.
Now I am ready to get the cherry wood and start cutting strips into the different widths and lengths I need. I am guessing I can go with ¼ inch thick strips for the glue up. I will need to play a little to see what thickness will work. The next blog will cover the glue up of the moldings and trim pieces.
-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa