|Project by Schlick||posted 10-17-2016 11:07 AM||849 views||6 times favorited||13 comments|
Our Son and Daughter-in-law gave us beautiful twin grandchildren. I volunteered to build them matching cribs, having never tried such a build before. Well, I found the plans for this three-in-one convertible crib, in Wood magazine. We all agreed with some changes, pickets instead of solid sides and I made a change to how the sides attach to the front and back. All in all it was a great build, I used Ash and Mahogany to have some contrast in color. My wife and I decided to use all child safe products to finish the cribs. We used three coats of Watco danish oil and then finished them using Clark’s cutting board wax which is a food grade wax, and that was important to us. So this was my first time building such a project, the first time using these woods, and the first time using these finishes. One change we decided on was to use water based poly acrylic on the large Mahogany veneer wood pieces on the sides, front and back. (We decided to coat the veneer in poly as it was unlikely that the kids would chew on those pieces.) My Wife does most of the fine finishing on our projects and she had used oil based polyurethane with great success. In case you have never used water based poly acrylic, you should know that bubbles form in it and it dries much faster than oil based. It was quite frustrating to use a product that trapped bubbles in it and was less than smooth at the end. We changed to oil based poly for the second crib, which was better, but we found out that the first coat of poly did not dry on the Mahogany as quickly as it does on other woods. Apparently, Mahogany produces a resin that impedes the Polyurethane drying process, luckily that only is on the first coat. We also didn’t have any experience with applying wax as the final finish, however we applied 4 coats following the directions and it left an amazing finish. We are done and they are delivered, from the time I started to delivery of both cribs it took us 6 months to build and finish two matching cribs. I hope this will help any of you who are thinking about taking on this type of project.