Jude's new crib

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Project by DoctorJ posted 08-26-2009 11:21 AM 1778 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my latest finished project – a crib for our new grandson born in April. It is based on Rockler’s 3-way transitional crib/bed pattern. Wood is cherry and soft maple, finished with Tried and True brand oil/varnish wipe on finish. I made a few changes, mostly in construction method, e.g modified the recommended jigs, replaced dowel joint (which I generally dislike) with floating tenons. Reports from mom and dad are that Jude’s sleeping like (what else?) a baby.

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#1 posted 08-26-2009 12:27 PM

Very Nice! I am in the process of building a crib for our second. Only problem is, I was too hard headed to get plans…...just picking away bit by bit.
Congrats on the new grandchild,

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#2 posted 08-26-2009 01:37 PM

Very nice, Remember now that you started making cribs. the grand kids don’t stop. Beautiful Construction

-- Marty Ohio

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#3 posted 08-26-2009 03:08 PM

Nice job. I like the color contrast

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#4 posted 08-26-2009 03:41 PM

Very nice. I’m sure Mom and Dad love it. I did a changing table and know these kinds of things stay in the family for a long time.

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#5 posted 08-26-2009 03:44 PM

Hey Doc that looks fantastic

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#6 posted 08-26-2009 10:37 PM

It look great Doc, I have to start building the same crib, as I have a grandson on the way. I really like the contrasting woods and have considered . I think that I might go that route after seeing one done.

Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 08-27-2009 01:20 AM

dhg, If you’re making the Rockler plans, let me know and I’ll share some alternate jig ideas.

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#8 posted 08-27-2009 01:38 AM

Nice looking crib.

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#9 posted 08-27-2009 04:42 AM

Nice looking crib. The wood choice works well.

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#10 posted 08-28-2009 03:45 AM

Great crib. Nice choice of woods.

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#11 posted 09-10-2009 05:20 PM

DoctorJ, I just finished making the slats for the same crib. I didn’t see your post until after they were pretty much done and made the jigs for the slats from there plans and they came out great. The only thing I did different was make a taper jig for my TS instead of using the BS. I thought it would be quicker and I’m not that proficient with the BS. I did use it for the top and bottom contours. What a chore to make of them and sanding the tennons. I didn’t think it would take as long as it did. I made all 69 of them at the same time.

I’m waiting on the rest of the hardware before I’m going to start on the frames. Please PM me with any tips that you can give. While looking at the plans at first I also didn’t like the dowel idea and was going to use tennons, but haven’t decided if I’ll use floating or solid.

Thanks for any info you can provide


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#12 posted 09-10-2009 05:52 PM

Rich (dhg)

You discovered the first tip already – cut the tapers on the TS rather than use a band saw and router. I did use floating tenons and they came out ok but cutting the mortises in the long rail pieces is a bit of a challenge – you’ll need a good jig.

I also made a simple marking gauge (a short piece of scrap in the needed width (2 7/8” I believe) with a piece of 1/4” mdf attached like a saddle square) to measure out the holes in the rails for the slats—cuts down on the accumulation of measurement error. Used the same gauge to create a way to register the piece on the drill press.

Glue up will be challenging – make sure you do a dry run. I ended up using Titebond hide glue to give myself more open time – much appreciated when trying to a bunch of slats all true. You’ll find it helpful to have a second pair of hands available if you can.

Good luck


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#13 posted 10-19-2009 05:02 PM

Hi Jim,

Well I’m back working on the crib and have a question. I had to stop for a few weeks while working on a couple of jobs.

Did you prefinish any of the parts before assembly? I’m thinking of finishing the slats and rails before assembly except for the final coat or two. I’m going to use a wipe on poly and thought it might be easier to do the prefinish.

Thanks for your input.


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#14 posted 10-20-2009 01:48 AM


Since I did a wipe-on varnish (Tried & True brand) I didn’t see any reason to pre-finish. For a poly, it’s probably a good idea to do the slats and rails beforehand, just keep the glue joint areas well protected. You could consider putting some dowels in the mortises to keep them clean.

Also, before you make a final decision, I’d suggest you do a dry fit to see whether the clamps might mar important parts of the finish.

I’m eager to see how it turns out.



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