|Project by Matt Cremona||posted 01-12-2016 08:42 AM||1918 views||11 times favorited||23 comments|
This crib is constructed of walnut for the frame and maple for the spindles. The frame is joined with mortise and tenons and the back is taller than the front so the side of the crib is angled. The rails are ripped from one wide board so their grain is continuous from the top rail to the bottom rail. The legs were sawn from a single block of walnut so they are bookmatched from left to right. The spindles taper from 15/16″ at their center down to 1/2″ at their ends. There are a total of 50 spindles. The front and back rails are pinned to the legs with brass rods allowing the crib to be disassembled for storage. The mattress platform can be lowered as the child grows.
I built this crib for my son (our first). I started on it right around the time he was born and finished it when he was 3 months old. The frame went quickly but all the spindles really slowed me down. To make them all consistent, I used a router jig on my lathe and then sanded them to final size. The sides were interesting because the spindles get longer towards the back. Those ones, I cut to length and created a tenon on the end so I didn’t have to make a separate spindle for each position to maintain the tapered size. I finished the frame with salad bowl finish and finished the spindles with a water based poly.
This was definitely one of those projects that turn out to be more work than you initially anticipate but I’m looking forward to the day when I see my grandchild sleeping in it.
-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com