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Project by nealius posted 05-22-2017 03:00 AM 473 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I finished the crib I’ve been working on for the last several months. It’s a few months behind schedule, but the little girl came a couple weeks early and I found most of my free time evaporated after she was born. Who knew?

Anyway here’s the crib made from white oak. The lower back panel is the one exception. It’s cherry from a tree my in-laws cut down on their property. I figured it’ll have a little more family history that way. I used the 3-in-1 Wood Magazine plans with some modifications, though I don’t really intend for this to ever be anything but a crib. This is certainly the largest “fine” furniture project I’ve attempted and there were lots of firsts along the way.

I roughly followed the arts and crafts oak finishing technique that Mike Pekovich has written about. Ammonia fuming, garnet shellac, and waterlox. I added a bit of Transtint “Mission Oak” dye to the shellac to help even out some of the lighter sap wood I had going. The finish didn’t turn out quite like I planned, but all things considered, I’m happy with the result. At the very least, it’s an honest representation of my skills at this point in my journey. And it works! Little girl has been sleeping in it quite well.

Thanks to all those that helped along the way, namely Green_Hornut. Your attachment technique and loads of pictures certainly helped!





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Ocelot

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#1 posted 05-22-2017 02:34 PM

That looks very nice, neighbor! The good thing about making a crib instead of a cradle, is that they can use it for much longer – so if it’s a couple months late, it’s fine.

-Paul (Monrovia area)

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#2 posted 05-22-2017 03:14 PM

Thanks Paul! You’re right. I may build the toddler bed front for it to get another year or so out of it. My hope is that it becomes a family heirloom that can be passed down, so the next kid won’t have to wait.

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#3 posted 05-22-2017 07:55 PM

Stunning work. The finish is immaculate and I would be willing to guess it will be in the family for a long time to come.

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#4 posted 05-22-2017 08:50 PM

Thanks Finns!

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#5 posted 05-22-2017 08:56 PM

This is a beautiful crib and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 05-23-2017 01:50 AM

Thanks Charles!

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#7 posted 05-23-2017 06:08 PM

Great Job! looks really nice.
Are you going to build the dresser also?
I made the same crib and am now working on the dresser.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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