Heirloom Crib

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Project by dbkmd posted 04-16-2007 08:26 AM 5027 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished this year’s first crib. I made another one like this 7 years ago for my first grandchild. It was the traditional maple/cherry combination. The present one is made from beech with goncalo alves accents. I finished it with four coats of semi-gloss water-soluable polyurethane after sanding it to 220. My daughter still has 2 weeks 6 days until her due date so I’ve finished it with time to spare!

I already have the wood cut and shaped for my next daughter’s crib. It’s black walnut with maple accents. I’m ready to sand, sand, sand. Sigh. At least I have until mid September until she’s due. I should have a break before my next crib is due – my fourth daughter isn’t pregnant.


-- David

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#1 posted 04-16-2007 11:26 AM

I love the accents! Very clean design.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 04-16-2007 11:59 AM

that’s nice of them to coordinate their pregnancies based on the timing to get a crib made!! ;)

what special gifts!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 04-16-2007 01:58 PM

What Ms Debbie said…lol

And true to your post title a real “heirloom”. The cribs will be in your family for generations. Great job!

-- Jimmy

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#4 posted 04-16-2007 02:11 PM

Very nice, simple design. I see some cribs that (while they are beautiful works of art in their own right) try to be too much and can almost become a headache for the parents who actually have to use them. Our crib is much the same design as yours and it just “does” what it is supposed to do. Thanks for posting.

By the way, your own design?

-- † Hops †

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#5 posted 04-16-2007 02:51 PM

Very nice and great timing!


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#6 posted 04-16-2007 04:08 PM

Thanks for the comments. This is a Woodcraft design (Woodsmith Magazine, etc.), and I got the hardware kit from Rockler. I let the girls select their own wood combinations – except for the first one which was a surprise. So far I think they have pretty good taste.

If anyone else plans to make one from this plan, DO NOT try to buy your hardware kit from another supplier! The results can be a nightmare. The variations in the hole patterns between the plans and in the hardware can expand your vocabulary….


-- David

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#7 posted 04-16-2007 05:32 PM

Great Crib

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 04-16-2007 05:42 PM

Beautiful work David.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 04-16-2007 05:46 PM

Very nice! Love the details.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 04-16-2007 05:53 PM

Beautiful Job!! but if you wanted a break maybe you should have had more sons. :D just kidding.

-- Greg

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#11 posted 04-16-2007 11:18 PM

very nice job! great looking crib!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#12 posted 04-17-2007 01:11 AM

This is a great piece. Great workmanship, very good detail.

It’s a keeper!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 04-17-2007 01:15 AM

I like the accents. Thanks for posting, and thanks for the hardware heads up.

-- John

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#14 posted 04-22-2007 06:48 PM

Very nice looking David. I too plan on making one of these Heriloom cribs, but for my son. He should be arriving within the next couple of months. Any recommendations other than the hardware? I have decided to build mine out of poplar and paint it white to match the rest of the nursery furniture. I purchased the white rodless hardware kit through Rockler. I wanted to be able to raise and lower both sides of the crib so I purchased another set of hardware components through Products America (a company that supplies the components for the Rockler kit).


-- Brian, Washington

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#15 posted 04-22-2007 10:13 PM

Hi Brian;

First of all, congratulations on your soon-to-be son! This will be a great crib for him.

When I was finishing this crib I bought a rodless kit from Rockler, too. Unfortunately, it would have required me to make some significant modifications to my already-finished wood so I elected to simply drill the extra holes required and use the rodded hardware. For a natural wood crib I like the looks of the rodded kit, anyway, but for your white crib the rodless kit will probably be a better choice aesthetically. I’m not sure how you will use a second kit – you may have to make several modifications. Let me know how it works.

Did your kit come with a couple of plastic teething rails? I don’t think my rodless kit had them but I do think they’re pretty useful.

The pyramids in the Woodcraft plans are a bit of an issue for me. I am not anxious to rip a perfectly good piece of wood just to cut some dado mortises in the center section and glue it back together. I always seem to end up with glue lines no matter how careful I am. I have thought it might be a good idea to make round pyramids on a lathe and install them in round mortises that I could make with a Forstner bit. My daughters weren’t interested in that modification so I didn’t try it. Maybe next time – one more daughter to go.

The only other suggestion I would have still relates to hardware. Whichever kind of hardware kit you use, be sure to get it early and use it to establish the layout along with the plans. I love the plans from Woodcraft – clear and really easy to use – but they are designed with a specific kit in mind. Other kits may have some subtle (or perhaps not-so-subtle) differences that might make for some big difficulties if you don’t account for them first. Since I already have the holes drilled in my next crib I’ll be ordering a kit from Woodsmith Project Supplies, as recommended on page 11 of the Heirloom Crib plans.

Other than that, I’m pretty excited to see pictures of your finished product. Can’t wait for you to post them.

Thanks for the questions.


-- David

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