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Two baby cribs

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Project by Schlick posted 10-17-2016 11:07 AM 770 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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david38

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 02:10 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 04:09 PM

proud grandparents
beautiful work made with full of heart
congratulations grandpa and grandma

-- bambi

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 06:50 PM

The cribs look very nice, the two woods look great together and so does the finish. This is a very nice way for you and your wife to begin helping your son and daughter-in-law with the new additions to your family.

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#4 posted 10-17-2016 11:54 PM

Nice project you and your wife did, they look great! How did you like the plans from “wood”? My daughter is expecting our first grandchild and I’m thinking of building a crib. The plans seem have info from three projects actually crammed into one article. I’ve used there plans to build most of the Arts and Crafts style furniture and probably would build this in that style also. Did you build all parts or just the crib parts?

Paul

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Schlick

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#5 posted 10-18-2016 12:18 AM

Nice project you and your wife did, they look great! How did you like the plans from “wood”? My daughter is expecting our first grandchild and I’m thinking of building a crib. The plans seem have info from three projects actually crammed into one article. I’ve used there plans to build most of the Arts and Crafts style furniture and probably would build this in that style also. Did you build all parts or just the crib parts?

Paul

I found the plans very easy to follow, I did make some changes. Primarily I changed how the from and back connect to the sides. It was very complicated and I would have needed a horizontal boring tool to make it work. So I simplified the way they connect. I did just build the crib at this time, I expect to make the toddler bed next summer. That only means changing the front that is slightly modified. I won’t tell you it was an easy build, but I enjoyed the hours that I worked on it.

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#6 posted 10-18-2016 01:21 AM

A beautiful way to celebrate your new family additions ! Congratulations and God bless!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#7 posted 10-18-2016 01:51 AM

Beautiful build, congratulations on the Grandchildren and the beautiful beds.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 10-18-2016 02:16 AM

very nice, almost makes me want twins. Good choices on the contrasting woods.

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#9 posted 10-18-2016 05:09 AM

Very nice! I’m in the middle of this project too. Did you use the suggested hardware kit, or did you use something else?

Thanks!

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#10 posted 10-18-2016 08:25 AM

Realy beautiful design and choice of woods (colours). I can imagine the joy making it, no wonder your wife took all finishing job on her back.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Schlick

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#11 posted 10-18-2016 02:01 PM

Nealius:

I used the suggested hardware but because I changed the way it all attaches I had to find shorter bolts. Also, don’t drill your holes for attaching the mattress spring unit until you get it. Depending on the spring unit could come with the attachments on either the top/bottom or the sides. This will affect where the connecting holes go on the legs.

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#12 posted 10-19-2016 09:02 AM

Congrats, and nice work. Love the contrast…... Enjoy

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 10-20-2016 04:09 AM

Beautiful. It will be handed down as an heirloom. Lucky family.

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