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Project by jeh412 posted 2007 days ago 1555 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our first grandchild is due around May 1 and I’ve been saving a plan from Wood Magazine for a crib and changing table. I’m also adding a tall chest of drawers and bookcase following the same style, although I have to design those myself. The pieces are maple and maple ply; drawer boxes are poplar.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches





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DavidH

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#1 posted 2006 days ago

very nice, i like the draw fronts.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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Popeye Jr.

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#2 posted 2006 days ago

Very nice work! I am wondering about the one side panel of the crib. Is there more to it to close it in? Or is that a side to add on later once they are big enough for a toddler bed? Great job.
Cheers

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

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jeh412

129 posts in 2008 days


#3 posted 2006 days ago

Popeye, yes there are end panels that aren’t pictured yet … gotta finish putting them together. The front of the crib (piece with straight top) comes off and the toddler bed side goes on, and it will also convert to a twin size bed using the front and back and two bed rails.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 2006 days ago

Nice looking set! Congrats on the grandchild.

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

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woodworm

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#5 posted 2006 days ago

Look like very nice projects for the first grandchild.
Congrats on being a grandfather too and hope you will be able to manage you shop time.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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mkel2000

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#6 posted 1995 days ago

Your projects both look very nice! I’m planning on making the same bed and changing table for my first grandchild as well (must be the season!) and was wondering if you have any pointers based on what you’ve learned so far? The plans call for laminating pieces of 1/4” ply for the upper side panels for the crib and I was thinking making them from solid panels might be better. Any thoughts? I’m also wondering how laminating the legs worked out instead of trying to make them from solid pieces. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Mark

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jeh412

129 posts in 2008 days


#7 posted 1995 days ago

Mark,
Solid panel vs. laminated ply for the crib ends is, I think, a toss-up. I had no problems laminating the pieces or installing them. If you use a solid panel you’ll have to add a stile on each side instead of the small piece of molding that covers the ply edges. That would need to be mortised into the upper and lower rails.

Laminating the legs worked out very nicely. It made dealing with the mortises very easy. I clamped the center pieces of each pair of legs together, then cut the mortises on the table saw. Very easy method for dealing with those large mortises. Just remember to plane the center piece of each leg to the thickness of the ply. I think the laminated legs work out fine. Clamps, clamps and more clamps when glueing them up!!

I didn’t come across any surprises in the plans. Good luck with yours!

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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mkel2000

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#8 posted 1995 days ago

Thanks for the pointers, John.

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jeh412

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#9 posted 1995 days ago

Another thing to add, Marc: Be careful when you’re drilling the holes for the cross dowels in the end panels. The plans call for a hole 2 inches deep, but if I drilled to that depth I’d end up with the cross dowel too far into the hole to intersect the threaded bolt. All of my measurement match those on the plan but I went 3/16 inch less on those holes.

Like anything else: study the plan but make sure you know exactly how everything relates to your actual work. When I cut the slats for the sides, I went by the dimensions on the plan. But, when I went to install them I found that my measurement for the slat spacers needed to be just a little different. If I had cut all those spacers ahead of time, they would have been kindling!

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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mkel2000

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#10 posted 1994 days ago

Thanks, John.

One more question: Did you buy the mattress spring and other parts from the supplier recommended in the article or someone else? I saw a post on someone else’s project which used the same plan who said they had an issue with the plans being 3/4” oversize. This made the mattress fit too loose inside the crib. Since I haven’t seen a similar complaint I’m wondering if it was because the mattress springs came from a different source.

Mark

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jeh412

129 posts in 2008 days


#11 posted 1994 days ago

I bought everything from the supplier listed in the article. What my wife and I found when shopping for a crib mattress is that there are a couple of sizes, one of which is about 3/4 inch smaller than the size listed in the article. I would have thought that those were standard … guess not! And the different sizes were found at Babies ‘R Us.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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Todd Thomas

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#12 posted 1994 days ago

Man it looks great….that is one lucking baby…good job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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