|Project by Chris||posted 05-01-2015 02:43 PM||2867 views||18 times favorited||14 comments|
My wife and I looked around quite a bit for a crib for our daughter but couldn’t settle on any of the ones that we found at the baby stores in our area. I had never built any furniture before but started considering the possibility of building a crib thinking that I could find an example of something simple enough for me to tackle. It didn’t take long for me to come across a crib posted here on lumberjocks by Randy Sharp that my wife and I both really loved.
My first thought was that this crib would be well beyond my skill level; I started emailing Randy to find out how he built certain parts that I couldn’t figure out. Randy was nice enough to put together and send to me sketches, measurements, hardware information, etc… and was always available to answer any questions that I had along the way. Thanks again Randy for all of the help, there is no way I could have built this crib without all of the guidance you provided along the way.
The crib itself is made of oak hardwood with the exception of the 2 oak plywood panels at the top of the headboard and footboard. The curved trim on the headboard as well as the curved rail that accepts the headboard slats were made by gluing together thin hardwood laminate strips and clamping to a wooden form until dry. The curves on the wooden form were made with a pattern bit using the headboard plywood panel as a pattern.
For the curved arms, Randy sent me the pattern image that he used for his build (thanks again!) which I printed and used to make a wooded pattern for use with a pattern bit. I glued together 1X6’s and planed them down to the correct thickness, traced on the pattern, rough cut it using a band saw, and trimmed it down using the wooden pattern and pattern bit. The crib was finished with 3 coats of Minwax dark walnut stain and 3 coats of Minwax semi-gloss polyurethane. It converts into a toddler bed and then the headboard and footboard can be used as a regular bed by adding a set of bed rails as well.