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Project by grantd posted 08-25-2015 04:11 AM 1126 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If any of you are also on reddit you may have seen this one already but I wanted to get it posted here too. Over the last couple months I’ve been spending most weekends and some weeknight evenings working on this crib for our first kid due 11/15/2015! The whole thing is made of red oak that I inherited from my grandparents. The color is transfast dark mission brown dye diluted in distilled water and applied with a brush and rag. Later I acquired a sprayer and sprayed on a few coats of varathane water based poly. I started with the wood magazine 3 in 1 crib plan and then deviated quite a bit from there. Appologies for large gaps in the photos but cutting up boards and sanding isn’t very interesting. Much of the assembly process I was moving much too quickly to think about pulling out my phone. Let me know if you have any questions.

(all pictures below are larger if clicked on.)

Laminating the legs out of 3 pieces of 3/4 oak. The middle is notched to form mortises.

Here are the two sides in clamps waiting for the glue to dry. The white strips above and below the vertical slats is masking tape to catch some of my glue squeeze out. Getting this many pieces together, evenly spaced, and square in the 5 minutes before the glue sets up is no easy task (and these are the short sides) Upper and lower trim added later

This is just a photo of what the side looks like with the legs attached just to make sure everything was nice and square. This is what it will look like from the side but the legs shown are actually glued to the front and back.


Front assembly without the upper or lower trim

Here I’m gluing on on the bottom trim piece

This piece isn’t in the final shot as I need to make a minor adjustment to it but this is the mattress support that sits on dowels to make it height adjustable.

After applying the dye by hand with a brush and rag and many hours of help from my wife the color is even enough to put the clear on top. This is the first time spraying finish and I must say it makes the process a lot easier. Clear coat is water based polyurethane. Yes I do realize that I forgot to put the mask on when spraying this coat. Thankfully I was only spraying for about 30 seconds and was standing next to an open garage door.

Finished Pictures

bolts run through the legs into brass inserts installed in the end grain of the side panels.





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Green_Hornut

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#1 posted 09-18-2015 03:14 PM

Nice job. That 3 in 1 design has been built a lot over the years. I have built two of them. One true to the design and the second with significant modifications. I think the slats on the side add a lot to the overall design. Oak is always a good choice for childrens furniture.

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#2 posted 09-18-2015 08:49 PM



Nice job. That 3 in 1 design has been built a lot over the years. I have built two of them. One true to the design and the second with significant modifications. I think the slats on the side add a lot to the overall design. Oak is always a good choice for childrens furniture.

- GreenHornut

Thanks GreenHornut I like the slats all around better too. One big plus is that I didn’t have to go and find the right plywood and then try to make it match the solid wood that I already had. Not too often that solid wood is simpler but in this case it was a lot easier to just do more of the same.

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#3 posted 10-08-2015 02:39 PM

grantd this looks great, the oak with a dark finish looks fantastic.

I’m in the middle of the same project, however my baby is due before yours so I’m in crunch mode! The crib support bracket seems better to me than the wire frame one from the plans – do you have pictures of how you’ve supported it with dowels? I think I’ll steal this idea if I can figure out the support. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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#4 posted 10-13-2015 11:50 PM


grantd this looks great, the oak with a dark finish looks fantastic.

I m in the middle of the same project, however my baby is due before yours so I m in crunch mode! The crib support bracket seems better to me than the wire frame one from the plans – do you have pictures of how you ve supported it with dowels? I think I ll steal this idea if I can figure out the support. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

- n4pd3f

Thanks for the kind words. If yours is due before mine you best be getting going! I snapped a few more pictures (Sorry for the image quality in advance) of where the dowels are set into the corner legs. I used a 3/8 oak dowel but If I were doing it again I would go up to half inch. The dowel is pretty snug in the hole which is good because they aren’t glued to allow me to move it to the other positions. One of the photos shows all three holes.

http://imgur.com/a/SglV6

One thing to watch out for is to make sure that your platform is long/wide enough that when pushed all the way in any direction that it’s still supported. Mine is just a tiny bit too short in the long direction and will come off of the dowels if pushed too far that direction. I fixed that with a couple of pieces of string but a little extra length would be a better solution. If you go too long though its a challenge to adjust the platform past the narrower parts. Let me know if you have any more questions and be sure to send me a note or leave one on here so I come see it when you post it.

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#5 posted 10-28-2015 03:01 PM

Thanks very much for the additional photos and tips, it helps a lot. If I can manufacture a tighter fit with the mattress support that will be the solution.

Time is running out!

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