|Project by derosa||posted 08-20-2014 12:45 AM||906 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
My wife came to me with a request to build a crib for her sister, she wanted something with pandas and a slight oriental accent to it. Originally it was meant to be made from white oak, then red; but after mulling things over for a bit, and staring at my giant antique cherry boards I decided that it was a project worthy of the boards.
These were the boards that I had previously asked on here what I should pay, spent 50.00 a board. The boards were pulled from the attic of a 150+ year old house when they did a roof tear off, and the owner tossed them in his barn after deciding that they were too dense for him to work with. Admittedly these were harder and heavier then any other cherry I had previously worked with. 2 boards total were needed for the crib and the scrap has so far made 2 cutting boards, there’s enough left for a third board.
The design was all my own and completely from my head, I maybe should have made plans but didn’t. The bottom rails of the headboard are mortice and tenon while the top rail has a 45* miter that is kept rigid with holly keys which are pillowed and kept proud of the curve in a greene and greene style thinking of the slight oriental design. Had originally planned on ebony in keeping with the design but decided that as a crib it should be lighter and brighter looking, this is also the reason I went with a maple plywood panel on the headboard.
The pandas are done in acrylic and are just images swiped from the internet and enlarged to fit, the whole thing was was finished with spar varnish since I felt that it would bring out the wood some while offering a protective finish to the paintings. Only one side is a fold down which is at a height that the parents can set it up next to their bed with the side down so it is easier to take the kid in and out to feed at night. I do wish I had made the top and bottom rails of the folding piece a touch longer then I did though they are fine as is. Overall I’m very happy with the piece and it shows where my skills have improved from the first crib I built, but working through this one reminded me of just how much work they are and that the next one better be preceded by plenty of Benjamins.
-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse