|Project by Amr||posted 07-01-2016 10:05 AM||1067 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
Here is the crib I built for my son back in 2013 and the whole reason (excuse) why I got into woodworking. The crib was completed 4 months behind schedule because I figured I should probably get some practice for a couple of weeks and try my hand at building a workbench. Looking back, that very first project was probably an early warning sign for how all my future projects were going to turn out; filled with indecisiveness, over engineered and extremely ambitious for a beginner. I ended up with a Roubo-ish workbench with a pair of very fancy Benchcrafted vices, but instead of building it in 2 weeks, it took me 3 months :)
The crib is made out of walnut and the finish is 4 coats of Waterlox original, which still looks great after 3 years.
It was a nice exercise in cutting mortise and tennons (lots of them) and my original plan was to glue the spindles to the main frame, but after everything was dry fitted, it turned out very solid with no movement at all, so I decided not to glue. This allowed us to later remove some spindles from the front and convert the crib into a toddler bed, and perhaps one day the whole thing will be knocked down and packed into a large box for storage.
I used the bed bolts with captured barrel nuts from Lee Valley to fasten the main frame together, so it is way stronger than it will ever need to be. The rail caps are all fastened to the rails with lag bolts that are tapped into the wood. Those side caps are the result of my very first attempt at bent laminations :)
One of the design challenges that came up was that I wanted to do something different from the available mattress support frames, which are a metal platform that attaches to the inside of the legs through multiple holes at different heights. The idea I came up with instead was using those oak planks that could unfold and go into grooves on either sides in order to raise the mattress by 8 inches.
Also, being a new woodworker, I obsessed over wood movement enough that I created a recess for the legs so that they do not dig into the the caps as the upper and lower rails expanded and contracted. Looking back, I don’t know if this was all too necessary.