I have already started to make a crib for my soon to be here son. I started with a sketchup drawing of what the crib would look like and to help me visualize what I would need to do. Also, it was to show my wife the design for approval before going forward.
I read a few articles before starting the design since cribs have had quite a few recalls. I found some aspects that were important:
- Spacing of no more than 2 1/2 inches between the bars
- Keeping the mattress close to the side rails
- Height of 30 inches from mattress to top of rail
We decided that we did not want to have the mattress raise up and down. So I made different sized side rails. one is at 30 inches and the other at 18 inches.
We went for a simple design and plenty of space for drawers underneath. I can also make another side rail that is 30 inches tall for when our son is standing and could climb over the shorter rail.
The wood used is elm for the columns, and ash and sassafras for the remainder. Finished with Varathane water based clear satin floor finish.