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Project by KenF posted 02-18-2009 05:43 AM 1848 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this crazy idea when my wife was about three months pregnant that I wanted to build my first child’s crib. I never realized just how quickly 6 months can pass! As my first woodworking project, I learned a lot. I can see every flaw but I still am amazed how well it turned out. I used African Mahogany and Maple and finished it with General Finishes Clear (5 coats).

I didn’t want the typical hardware so often found with custom made cribs (metal bar the gate slides up and down on), so I went to Babies R’ Us, found the crib hardware I liked the most, contacted the manufacturer and ordered it from them. Best thing I ever did for this project.

Hope you enjoy.

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#1 posted 02-18-2009 06:10 AM

Great Lookin Crib Nice Job is it a Girl or a boy And Good Luck for years to come kids are Great

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 02-18-2009 06:39 AM

Nice job I like the dimond points.

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#3 posted 02-18-2009 06:40 AM

it makes me a little sick to my stomach to here you say this is your first woodworking project. I could barely make two boards the same length and width for my first, much less use mahogany and maple to make a beautiful piece of furniture. congratulations on your new born and the completion of this dandy crib. you’ll be glad you made it.

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#4 posted 02-18-2009 06:41 AM

What a fine looking crib. Now that will be a family heirloom. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 02-18-2009 07:50 AM

I agree with the previous posters. You did a beautiful job. My wife and I are expecting our 2nd granddaughter in several months and she wants me to make a crib to give to our son and his wife. If I thought I could do as fine a job as you did, I would do it. Keep up the good work.

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#6 posted 02-18-2009 09:58 AM

Awesome piece of art. Congratulations, this is a true family heirloom…

-- Artesano

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#7 posted 02-18-2009 01:12 PM

Beautiful crib. Nice craftsmanship and good choice of woods.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 02-18-2009 02:25 PM

Beautiful. You aren’t going to actually use this are you? Just kidding. This is something that your great grandchildren will use. I hope you signed and dated it somewhere.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#9 posted 02-18-2009 04:19 PM

I’m doing the same thing. First child is a few weeks away and I have the headboard/footboards and the front gate done. I’m a little unsure of how I want the back gate to look (that one won’t move) but I guess I better decide fast. We are building nearly identical cribs though. I used the same plans, but am building it from walnut and lacewood.

You did a good job and I hope mine comes out as nice (or gets done at all). Thanks for the post.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 02-18-2009 04:47 PM

A beautiful heirloom!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 02-18-2009 04:56 PM

That’s really nice – Especially for a first timer!

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#12 posted 02-19-2009 06:25 AM

Thank you to you all for the kind words. It is one of my favorite projects to date. I completed it just in time for my first child and she is now going to be 5 in April. Time sure flies by.

Thanks again to everyone. I am glad I found this website.

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Popeye Jr.

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#13 posted 03-01-2009 07:25 AM

Hey Ken that’s a great job you did on this crib. I was wondering if the crib still breaks down for storage later when it is no longer needed? I am preparing to build one myself and I am trying to gather all best ideas for functionality design.

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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#14 posted 03-23-2009 06:21 AM

Popeye Jr., Yes, it does break down into 4 pieces. We have moved three times since I originally built it and it is now being used by our second daughter. The hardware I purchased for the sliding gate has a bracket built in to receive a small “L” iron. This provides some rigidity to the piece when it is together.

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