Crib - Walnut and Curly Maple

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Project by dhg posted 12-28-2009 09:04 PM 1941 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This crib is for my first grandchild JJ. I finally finished and delivered it last month. This was definatly a labor of love as there is a lot of work to make all the slats and in finishing it.

I have to thank Tearan for his generosity in giving me the curly maple for the slats. Also thanks to Doctorj for his input as he has built one of these also.

Its a transition crib from Rockler plans made out of black walnut and curly maple. I finished it with 1 coat of shellac as a sanding sealer and 4 coats of General Finishes wipe-on poly. Unfortunatly the pictures don’t do justice to the curly maple slats.

Now my son and his wife has asked if I could make a matching toy box.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 10:24 PM

Very pretty.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 12-28-2009 10:32 PM

You’re right, the pictures don’t do it justice. What I saw was a beautiful combination of walnut and curly maple. Together with the excellent craftsmanship, that is one nice heirloom.

I’m now kinda eager to see the toy box.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 02:48 AM

Great Lookin Crib

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 03:37 AM

Awesome job on the crib and a beautifull Grand child.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 08:58 PM

Great crib, Beautiful Grandson, keep up the good work.

-- Marty Ohio

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#6 posted 12-30-2009 04:08 AM

Great Job Rich

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 12-30-2009 04:16 AM

Very, very nice keepsake with superb contrast and a beautiful Grandson to boot!

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#8 posted 12-30-2009 06:36 AM

wonderful crib nice job

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 02-06-2010 05:07 PM

Nice job. I am also about to make a “matching” toy box. I’m thinking of a bench style with the slats in the back and a set of cubby holes underneath rather than the usual lift-top box. What are your plans??


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#10 posted 02-06-2010 05:09 PM

Beautiful crib – nice and “old school”.

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#11 posted 02-06-2010 05:56 PM

Thanks for all the comments everyone, this was a joy to build.

DoctorJ, I don’t have anything on paper yet, but I’m thinking about a box with cubbies on the top maybe 7” deep so the lid wouldn’t go all the way to the back. Still debating if it will have a lid. Thinking angling the lid or opening down a little bit. Somehow I want to match the contour of the back of the crib to the top of the cubbies and the front design with maple slats on the front and sides mounted to plywood stained walnut with solid walnut making up the contour. I still have lots of unanswered questions in my head so we’ll see what it ends up looking like.


-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#12 posted 02-06-2010 06:01 PM

Absolutely beautiful. I really like the combinations of curly maple and walnut. The light & dark contrast are great. The curly maple slats are amazing. I look forward to seeing the toy box too.

-- Jsquared, Texas

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#13 posted 02-07-2010 06:29 PM

oh man, this came out beautifull.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 01-27-2011 02:13 AM

This is a restrained bit of classiness you’ve created here.

That curly maple gives it a nice pop too. Great wood combination!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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