Baby Crib for my first Grandchild

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Project by IowaWoodcrafter posted 07-06-2009 04:08 PM 1713 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a baby crib I just completed for my first grandchild. It’s made from white hard tiger maple. I used wood dye to pop the grain. The pyramid inserts are also maple dyed with dark walnut dye. My wife made all of the bedding and bumper pads. The “little man” is due any day now.

The hardware and plans were purchased from the Woodsmith Store in Des Moines, Iowa.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 07-06-2009 04:35 PM

Having made a crib for my grandson, I can tell you it was one of my proudest moments. It makes being a grandparent even more special. Nice work and congratulations.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 07-06-2009 04:36 PM

Mighty fine job and congratulations almost grandpa.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#3 posted 07-06-2009 04:54 PM

very well done Owen. what a joy to make something special for your grandchild.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 07-06-2009 06:59 PM

Very nice crib. I just had my second grandson born. I’m very proud. I wish I had the skill to build something like this. It’s beautiful.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 07-06-2009 07:03 PM

Very nice work, congratulations.

As I plan to build a crib in the near future, I would be happy if you could elaborate a bit about two items I’m indecisive about.
1. How did you join the fence vertical posts to the horizontals. Are these regular tenon and mortise joints? If yes, it is probably a lot of work to make so many of them.

2. How did you apply the finish, as the fences were already glued up or before gluing? As the posts are built quite dense, is there no problem to reach all the parts?

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#6 posted 07-06-2009 07:20 PM


The top and bottom rails of the gates have a dado groove cut in them. Spacers are inserted and glued in the groove, one between each of the horizontal slats. The Woodsmith Store has a complete plan and hardware kit that I used.

I applied dye to all of the wood prior to assembly. Once the dye was dry I did a final sanding to help “pop” the grain in the tiger maple. After everything was glued together I then applied two coats of a tung oil/boiled linseed oil 50/50 mix. I let the oil dry for four days and then sprayed on high gloss oil based polyurethane.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#7 posted 07-06-2009 10:12 PM

Thanks for the detailed description.

The results are beautiful!

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#8 posted 01-04-2011 05:01 PM

Very nice. I’ll contact the Woodsmith Store in Des Moines for the plans and hardware so I can get started. It has taken a little bit to find the crib I want to build. This is the one. Thank you for sharing your project.

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#9 posted 01-04-2011 06:40 PM

Looks like I am on my own here. The plans have been pulled from inventory due to the controversy over the sides of the crib?! Anyway, beautiful crib, enjoy.

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#10 posted 01-04-2011 07:48 PM

This is a wonderful crib. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 01-06-2013 11:50 PM

A beautiful build. Congrats on the crib, and the new baby.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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