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Oak baby crib for a special little princess

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Project by Jake posted 02-12-2015 08:54 AM 3099 views 14 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first child is expected to join us in around the middle of March. So obviously I had to go on and make the crib myself. There was no way i was buying a cheap particleboard bed and the ones I liked in the shops cost in excess of 800€.

So I looked at a design I liked and with the help of the lovely LJ’s on the furniture makers forum hammered out my own version of it. It’s pretty simple, frame and panel ends, M&T joinery for the rails and slats. (44 mortises drilled out and then hand chopped and fitted). 8 screws and inset nuts are used to put the whole bed together and additional 4screws and inset nuts to hold up the mattress frame.

Finished size is for the bed is roughly 62” x 32” X 35” (LxDxH) and it fits a standard mattress of 70×140cm (roughly 27”x55”) All the material used is European white oak, except for where the horizontal rails connect to the bed ends, I used 4 pieces of maple for that, I thought that the bed needed some contrast.

Finished with 3 coats of amber shellac, which made the grain pop beautifully, the pics really don’t do it justice, I am well beyond excited about the end result. In addition, I finished it 5 weeks before our expected due date, so it has enough time to air out and settle in for our little princess!

Thanks for looking!

PS! Powertools used were a TS, Jigsaw, drill and a ROS.
A BS, thicknesser and a jointer would have made this process a whole lot quicker but I don’t have them. :)

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.





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CFrye

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 11:37 AM

Jake, it turned out beautifully. Love the way the Rays pop. It has been fun watching you build this for your girl. Thanks for shaing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 11:45 AM

All your work, has been rewarded….
The crib looks great!
Yeah, gotta love the rays….

Well, with only five weeks till the crib is full….
You’d better knock out a few projects….
Your time, at that point, will no longer be yours!!!!
For the next 18 or so years!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 11:48 AM

Beautiful work. It’s always more special when you build it yourself.

Congrats on the little one.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Sandra

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 12:26 PM

That’s a lot of mortises and tenons. Well done. The only thing that will make it that much more beautiful is a healthy little baby in there.

Congrats.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Jake

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 12:40 PM

Thank you all for the kind words! I am very excited indeed to have a little screamer in the crib.

I am still in denial about the part of not being able to work in the dungeon that much with a little baby girl. :D

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 02-12-2015 12:45 PM

Gorgeous crib, Jake.
Excellent build.
You may not want to work as much in the dungeon.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Jake

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#7 posted 02-12-2015 12:51 PM

Yeah, I fully expect that I want to spend time with my little girl. :) I mean, I can always just go ahead and bring my planes and handtools upstairs..

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#8 posted 02-12-2015 12:53 PM

Really good job Jake! A family heirloom indeed.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Calmudgeon

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#9 posted 02-12-2015 01:00 PM

Congratulations on two counts – on a beautiful piece of furniture, and on the new arrival.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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Jake

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#10 posted 02-12-2015 01:52 PM

Thank you all! That is hopefully my first of many heirloom projects, at least that is the goal, we’ll see that in 20-30 years. :)

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#11 posted 02-12-2015 01:54 PM

It’s just outstanding. Your photography skills aren’t bad either.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#12 posted 02-12-2015 03:56 PM

Nicely done. I like it

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 02-12-2015 04:28 PM

it turned out very nice Jake…. you’re skills are really taking off.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#14 posted 02-12-2015 05:43 PM

Really nice work Jake. Enjoy the new arrival!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 02-12-2015 06:55 PM

Jake the crib is wonderful. It will look even better in a few months when you stand over it patting the back of a nonsleeping baby. The drawer is a nice touch. Our crib had plastic bins slid under it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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