Daughter's Crib

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Project by slynn posted 08-24-2016 03:40 AM 1907 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 (, 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 ( Unfortunately, the standards issuing organization is currently suing for publishing copyrighted “laws”, so the linked document is no longer available. Rather, the document can be purchased from ( 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.

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 04:07 AM

Very nicely done. That’s going to be a family heirloom for generations.

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Alexandre Lussier

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 11:15 AM

Really nice crib. Good job. I’m in the process of making one for my son. Thanks for sharing.

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

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Kyle Nelson

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 01:37 PM

Nice work! That looks much more solid than any crib we’ve purchased.

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 02:05 PM

very nice finish, I’m going to have to try it sometime. I really like the mission look. Pretty amazing how many folks start out with the 3 in 1 and end up modifying it some how. I’ve done 2 and other than looking rectangular they don’t look at all like each other. I’m fortunate that my supplier does carry quartersawn red oak which would have really made your project pop. Like every good woodworker you do with what you have. Nice heirloom project. Something they are going to value for generations.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#5 posted 08-24-2016 02:17 PM

Omaha area local here. long story short, hardwood buying around here isn’t easy unless you trawl Craigslist. Midwest Woodworkers on West Center sells exotics and domestics, but you don’t want their prices. I’ve bought slabs at a reasonable price from American Arborist Wood Products, look them up on Facebook if your interested. If you want dimensional lumber, it’ll most likely be rough from most places on Craigslist. That being said, you can buy some beautiful lumber from the local sawyers.

-- Third time's the charm, right?

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 02:55 PM


Here’s an unrelated tip: Get a legit black-out curtain. Tiny new babies will sleep in any conditions, but it can be very helpful later on if they’re adjusted to dark = sleep.

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#7 posted 08-24-2016 03:05 PM

very nice looking crib …and BTW GRATZ on your new baby daughter


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#8 posted 08-24-2016 05:37 PM

Dude! Congrats. Having bought 2 of those (the cribs) I know how ridiculously expensive they are for what you get and how they are made. That one looks jam up. Great work

-- My "stuff" can be found at and

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Billy E

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#9 posted 08-24-2016 05:44 PM

Nice! Cribs get passed around the family and down generations. This one will be around a long time.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#10 posted 08-24-2016 08:40 PM

Hey that looks great!

I’ve made 5 of them now and helped my dad make 2 for my sister.

You are a little closer than I am to this great lumberyard over the river in IA.

We have had hundreds of BF delivered to us in Norfolk over the last few years and are always pleased with the great quality and prices.

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#11 posted 08-25-2016 01:19 PM

Nice work, I put the last coat of finish on a crib I built last night, going to put it together this weekend. Got 3 weeks until my first kid arrives.

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#12 posted 08-27-2016 02:05 AM

Nice job!

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