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Blog series by byerbyer updated 04-14-2014 02:56 PM 5 parts 7298 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Roughing it out...

01-13-2014 03:34 PM by byerbyer | 2 comments »

My college roommate and his wife are expecting their first child this summer, and since I’m a bit disgusted by the quality of store bought furniture (for that prices they ask, anyway), I volunteered to build them a crib… It should also be noted that this is my first “real” furniture project in about 10 years so I thought I’d blog it to have a bit of record of how it all shook out… and so I can look back in a few years and think of all the ways I could have...

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Part 2: Joinery

01-14-2014 08:40 PM by byerbyer | 4 comments »

Over the course of couple of weeks I slowly milled the pieces down to final dimensions and it was time to start with the joinery! The “headboard” ends, as I call them, will be mortise and tenoned with the spindles captured between an upper an lower rail. Because I’m a glutton for punishment I decided I’d do a double tenon to give the frame plenty of strength. Considering I hadn’t cut/chopped a mortise in over a decade it was going to be sink or swin… I cut ...

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Part 3: Boring!

01-17-2014 04:55 PM by byerbyer | 0 comments »

Ok, where were we…Headboard joinery is wrapped up at this point and it’s time for the sideboards (as I’m calling them.) The sideboards attached with some connector bolts and cross-dowels/barrels a la a bed bolt setup. I didn’t want to rely on a 1/4” bolt alone to hold the weight of the mattress, frame, and the little one so a added a stubby tenon to the lower rail to carry the load with the bed bolts holding the joint tight. I used the same router jig for the ...

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Part 4: Odds, Ends, and the Finishing Begins!

03-06-2014 07:54 PM by byerbyer | 3 comments »

Well it’s been a couple weeks and the bitter cold snap has slowed the progress a bit.. but here’s the progress since we last met. I wrapped up the Toddler Rail joinery… voila! And surface prepped the walnut for finishing with some P220 on an ROS and P320 by hand. I was originally planning on just using my #4 and skipping the sanding (as much as possible) but I chickened out… I brought all the dowels home from Dad’s shop to my cozy (and down right CO...

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Part 5: A month ahead of schedule and two weeks too late!

04-14-2014 02:56 PM by byerbyer | 2 comments »

Well, the fat lady hasn’t sung, but she’s warming up! Since last we spoke (read?) the walnut received a true oil finish and I glued it all up and drilled for the hardware! I pre-finished as much of the walnut as possible with 3 coats of Tried & True varnish oil following Christian Becksvoort’s method laid out in FWW #152 Circa 2001. This stuff is very viscus and I found heating it up using a small jar on a candle warmer made it wipe on much easier and sped up the d...

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