Maple Crib

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Project by MikeAZ posted 07-03-2016 01:21 PM 1427 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a crib I made for my son who was born this past June. It’s a little big for him now but he will grow in to it. I started this in early January and it took me about three and a half months to complete working most weekends and some week nights. It is made out of hard maple with mortise and tenon joinery. There are 36 slats in total, rounded over and spaced about 2 1/8” apart. The rails are 3” wide, 1” deep. The posts are 2” square. This was my first real attempt at mortise and tenon joinery, prior to this I practiced on a rolling stand for my planer. Using threaded inserts, the bed platform has 4 adjustable height levels.

Overall, I am very pleased with how it turned out. The most challenging part was the hardware used to attach the long rails. At first I drilled in to the end of the long rails with the intention of using connector bolts and threaded inserts. I failed to tap the holes properly and didn’t feel they would hold. Since I glued the threaded inserts in I had to cut off about 5/8” off each end. It actually worked out because it made the mattress fit even more snug. I ended up drilling holes for cross-dowels and using connector bolts to attach the long rails. Getting the connecter bolts and cross dowels lined up correctly was also a challenge, I learned that patience is a virtue and if the connector bolt doesn’t want to go don’t force it. In the end it worked out great and is very secure. It is quite heavy and should hopefully last a long time. It is finished with salad bowl finish.

-- Mike, AZ

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#1 posted 07-03-2016 05:31 PM

Well Done

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#2 posted 07-04-2016 12:12 PM

nice work

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