|Project by granite||posted 03-03-2016 09:30 PM||1237 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
My oldest daughter announced that she and her husband were expecting (our first grandchild!) so I decided I would build them a crib. I liked the 3 in 1 crib plan from Wood Magazine and I built this one out of Cherry. All went well except when we were putting it together. I had read about the problems others had with this and thought I’d give it a try anyway. Well, IT IS A BEAR to get the barrel nut aligned with the bolt when attaching the posts to the sides! I thought my drilling was good enough but even with drilling jigs and using a square for reference during drilling I was off enough that I had to enlarge the holes. One hole must have had a void in the side plywood so the barrel nut began to spin. ARGG. So I designed a longer nut with a tab on it (see pic #3). I could grab the tab on the end with needlenose pliers to adjust the nuts depth and hole location in relation to the bolt. I made the longer ones out of 3/8” rod from the big box store. I made the prototype with my HF Drill Press and hand files, but that was the last straight hole that drill press drilled. Then I found out that my neighbor has a mill in his shop and he was kind enough to take an hour out of a Sat. and make eight for me. The new nuts made putting the crib together much faster. But I know I’m going to be making more in the future since the crib/bed will stay with the granddaughter as she grows, so I’m looking at how others have modified the plans. I’m currently looking at the modifications Green_Hornut has made.
-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green