|Project by slynn||posted 08-24-2016 03:40 AM||1391 views||5 times favorited||12 comments|
After looking around at the baby stores, and being utterly disappointed in the quality of even $1000 cribs, a crib quickly came to the top of my project list, and was probably my most ambitious project to date. I started with the common 3-in-1 crib plan (https://law.resource.org/pub/us/cfr/ibr/003/astm.f1169.2013.html), and made some similar modifications to several other projects that others had shared.
As the plans are several years old, I wanted to make sure everything was up to the latest safety regulations and had found a public copy of the most recent edition of ASTM F1169 – “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs” at law.resource.org (https://law.resource.org/pub/us/cfr/ibr/003/astm.f1169.2013.html). Unfortunately, the standards issuing organization is currently suing resource.org for publishing copyrighted “laws”, so the linked document is no longer available. Rather, the document can be purchased from astm.org (https://www.astm.org/Standards/F1169.htm) for $50.
Plans and regulations in hand, I spent a good week drawing up every detail in SketchUp. Next was finding a reasonable lumber supplier locally – seems to give me the most trouble. (If you know where to by lumber near Omaha – let me know!). Ended up finding some good stock at reasonable prices at Hardwood Heaven in Lincoln.
8/4 and 4/4 Red Oak. Primarily assembled with a JessEm Doweling Jig that was purchased new for this project and 3/8 dowels. Not the cheapest tool, but very high quality and made simple work of the joinery. Finished in what I call a “Mission” style finish made up of a base coat of Minwax Red Chestnut, followed by a coat of dark walnut gel stain rubbed into the open grain, and finished with several coats of blonde shellac. Mattress support is 4/4 “Select” Pine from Menards – not sure it was much cheaper than the Oak :-/.
Somehow managed to have everything finished and assembled about 2 weeks before my daughter’s arrival. I’m happy with the outcome, and most importantly the boss approved.