Convertible Oak Baby Crib

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Project by Chris posted 05-01-2015 02:43 PM 6415 views 21 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 03:12 PM

It’s looks awesome. Nicely done.

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 04:46 PM

Congratulations on a great looking piece of furniture! Your daughter will soon outgrow the crib, so you better get started on a bed for her; she won’t want store-bought furniture after sleeping in such grand style.

-- John B.

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 05:01 PM

It’s great for my babies thanks for share

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 05:08 PM

John (birchbranch),

I think this crib design is called a convertible because it converts into first a youth bed and then a twin bed as the child grows…

Of course I may be wrong and the top may come up to protect against showers, but what do I know??? <just>


You did a GREAT job on this project.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 10:55 PM

really nice woodworking and a great story on the collaboration

-- Greg Simon

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#6 posted 05-03-2015 03:56 AM

Herb & John,

Yes this crib converts so that she can continue to use it as she gets older. I’m hoping she uses it until she is about 30 years old.

Thanks again for all of the kind comments!

-- Chris

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#7 posted 05-03-2015 05:59 PM

That is a beautiful looking crib, Chris! I appreciate the shout-out and am glad you chose the Wenzer style.

You did a great job and I look forward to seeing more of your fantastic woodworking projects in the future.

Congratulations on the new baby daughter. Being a Daddy is great, and little girls are very special!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#8 posted 07-03-2015 10:50 AM


This crib looks incredible. I am trying to build a crib for my cousin and his wife and would like to ask you for anything you can provide me to get this started. I was hoping to use cherry but I am currently in Germany (which will suck when it comes time to ship it) so the cherry is much lighter here. I am from PA so the cherry I had in mind is a much darker/deeper red. What I will most likely use is mahogany because that is the only thing close that the hobby shop on post has. Pear looks amazing too (I’ve never seen it before here) but at $12 a board foot it would be a little pricy… plus they have to special order it in from Switzerland so who knows when I could have it.

Anyway, I was going to email you but since I just created an account on here solely for the purpose of contacting you and Mr. Sharp, I cannot send any emails until I have made at least 5 posts.

Again, any and all information/guidance is greatly appreciated!

Take care,

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#9 posted 08-12-2015 02:13 PM

That crib looks so excellent! I too am in the middle of building one of the 3 in 1 cribs. However, I followed the wood magazine November 2006, issue 173 and 174 also for the companion changing table. The online plans are very good and helpful I thought.

Good stuff, keep it up!

-- It is always easier to destroy than it is to create, just look at my scrap pile.

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#10 posted 08-19-2015 04:23 PM

Hi Jim. Thanks for the kind feedback. I am not familiar with that plan but wish you the best of luck. I am sure it will turn out great.

-- Chris

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#11 posted 12-11-2015 12:56 AM

That crib looks so good. Just what I’ve been looking for to build for my daughter. I’ve been trying to find one to replicate and build and really like what you did to your. Any way you can share the original plans that were passed down to you? I would absolutely be grateful for this!!! Please let me know as I would like to start after Christmas. Thanks!

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#12 posted 12-11-2015 01:17 AM

I think one of the biggest things that I need help with is the actuall assembly, what was used and where do you have it connected together.

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#13 posted 10-12-2016 03:39 PM

I am new to the group. My daughter is having twins and my Dad, brother and I plan to build cribs for both of them. My daughter picked out a cribs very similar to this one. Can anyone guide me to where I can buy plans for a crib like this? Chris, you did a beautiful job on this. I have spent hours searching for plans but have not found one that matches this one. Any directions would be greatly appreciated.

Congratulation on having a daughter and your thoughtfulness on building her and heirloom.


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#14 posted 10-15-2016 01:10 PM

Always happy to help. Responded via private message.

-- Chris

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#15 posted 08-19-2017 12:09 PM

Chris this looks amazing. I have been trying to find plans for a crib like this for months and have had no luck. My father wants to help me build a crib for my son that is due in January. If you could guide me to plans for this crib I would really appreciate it. Thanks!


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