I have begun construction on the front and back panels of the crib. After a lot of careful layout, I started roughing out the four legs and the four horizontal rails with the table saw and band saw. I like buying the best quality tools I can afford, but sometimes I just can’t justify the really nice stuff. So, I bought this 1” x 30” belt sander from Harbor Freight.
This thing works, but barely! It doesn’t take much pressure to bog down the motor and stop it, but by being patient and going slow, it got the job done. Before I bought this, I made a disc sander for my lathe, but disc sanders can’t get into corners like I really needed.
So here is my progress so far:
The front four pieces are the legs. The next two pieces are the top horizontal rails. I’ve only shaped the bottom so I can have a flat surface for drilling the mortises. The last two pieces are the bottom rails.
The next step is laying out the mortises and preparing the vertical slats. Things are coming along!