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Walnut and Maple Crib

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Project by Matt Cremona posted 01-12-2016 08:42 AM 1829 views 11 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Serradura

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 09:03 AM

Such a great project! Seen most of the video’s you make, what a craftsmanship and what a beautiful family!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com

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Matt Cremona

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 09:08 AM



Such a great project! Seen most of the video s you make, what a craftsmanship and what a beautiful family!

- Serradura

Thank you Gerrit!

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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blue77

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 09:25 AM

You good Sir have got some skills. I’m sure your son will enjoy not only your love but your lovely craftsmanship.

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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Matt Cremona

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 09:59 AM



You good Sir have got some skills. I’m sure your son will enjoy not only your love but your lovely craftsmanship.

- blue77

Thank you!

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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jfk4032

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 10:33 AM

Beautiful crib Matt. I really enjoyed watching you build videos of it. The spindles although so much work for you are really part of the design that makes this project stand out. A terrific family heirloom to the say the least.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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NicHartman

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#6 posted 01-12-2016 02:30 PM

Beautiful project, I always loved watching your videos on it and all your other nursery projects, they all turned out really nice. Good luck, hope your little man doesn’t chew on it too much!

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#7 posted 01-12-2016 02:38 PM

Nice work. It will become a family heirloom.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#8 posted 01-12-2016 02:47 PM

great build

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Woodbridge

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#9 posted 01-12-2016 02:58 PM

beautiful work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 01-12-2016 03:01 PM

Very nicely done, great project.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 01-12-2016 07:05 PM

Awesome design,beautiful combination of two wood colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 01-12-2016 07:31 PM

Woot Woot! Daily top 3.

-- Matthew Morris, MM Wood Studio, Southern CA, http://www.mmwoodstudio.com

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Matt Cremona

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#13 posted 01-12-2016 08:34 PM

Thank you Joel! As much as I disliked making them, I’m really happy that I stuck with it. It really wouldn’t be the same with dowels.


Beautiful crib Matt. I really enjoyed watching you build videos of it. The spindles although so much work for you are really part of the design that makes this project stand out. A terrific family heirloom to the say the least.

- jfk4032


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#14 posted 01-12-2016 08:34 PM

Thank you! If he does, that’s part of the heirloom character :)


Beautiful project, I always loved watching your videos on it and all your other nursery projects, they all turned out really nice. Good luck, hope your little man doesn t chew on it too much!

- NicHartman


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#15 posted 01-12-2016 08:44 PM

Thank you Charles!


Nice work. It will become a family heirloom.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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