|Project by Duane Kohles||posted 09-25-2006 10:20 PM||2370 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
When my wife and I learned we were expecting a set of twins, I designed and built two cribs. We had an idea of what we wanted, so I purchased the hardware from Rockler and reverse engineered it to make sure everything would work upon final assembly.
I used 4/4, 6/4 and 8/4 red oak for materials. The 4/4 went into the slats and lower horizontal rails, the 8/4 made the legs, and the 6/4 made the cap pieces as well as the upper arched rails. As these are meant to be heirlooms (one for each child) I knew that a vast majority of a cribs life span will be spent in storage. So the entire crib breaks down into 4 main components, the back, the two sides, and the front. The cribs are constructed entirely of mortice and tennon joints, the only fasteners are the bolts that attach the sides to the back (also a mortice and tennon joint). I finished the cribs with several coats of Watco Penetrating Oil, and after a week of drying time I applied a couple coats of lacquer, as most storage places are not nice to fine furniture.
I made the first set 4 1/2 years ago and they took everything my two little guys could dish out. After these two I made I made three more for friends and family.
-- Duane Kohles