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A crib for Baby Mac

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Project by BanjoBen posted 12-04-2017 01:23 AM 464 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I are expecting our first child in April, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to build a crib for him. Like several others on here, I purchased the Wood Magazine 3-in-1 plans, but, I made quite a few modifications:

1) My wife didn’t care for the single broad arch, and instead asked if I could do the arch shape you see here. It added some complexity to the build, but I was very happy with the results. More importantly, she was too.
2) Instead of the solid panels in the ends, I continued the slats all the way around.
3) I changed the joinery up some, and used floating tenons, which simplified the construction quite a bit, while still maintaining good strength.
4) Instead of using plywood, I used solid wood throughout. This was in part because I wanted to carve the headboard, and for that I needed a solid piece. The other consideration was that I was worried about finding plywood that would be a good match for the lumber I had on hand—some rough-sawn ash I got from a family friend in East Texas.
5) I added the carving.

The piece is finished with Tried and True Danish Oil. I am considering buffing it out with some wax, but haven’t done so yet.

I use the hardware kit from Products American that the plans recommended. It worked well, though like some others before, I had some trouble with the installation of the cross-dowels. They work well, but alignment is difficult to say the least.





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franktha4th

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#1 posted 12-04-2017 01:26 AM

absolutely beautiful! My wife is expecting and have been contemplating making a crib. Good for you I really like it.

-- Frank, Washington State, https://www.youtube.com/user/franktha4th

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BanjoBen

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#2 posted 12-04-2017 01:47 AM

You should! The Wood Magazine plans were a big help even if i deviated from them a lot. Start to finish it took me a month and a half of just working on it in the evenings and weekends when I could find the time, and that included waiting for hardware for a while and the Thanksgiving holiday where I was out of town. So it can be done reasonably quickly.


absolutely beautiful! My wife is expecting and have been contemplating making a crib. Good for you I really like it.

- franktha4th


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#3 posted 12-04-2017 06:39 AM

Ben, Your one hell of a Dad. That is a fantastic crib. I’m certain there was a whole big bunch of emotions, expectations and love put into it. It’s obvious by the love and care you put into it, you are going to an amazing Dad. Congratulations to you, your wife and your son!

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BanjoBen

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#4 posted 12-04-2017 12:43 PM

Thanks, I sure hope to be. And I won’t lie, as I did get a little emotional at times during this build. I was very glad to have the opportunity to do this project.


Ben, Your one hell of a Dad. That is a fantastic crib. I m certain there was a whole big bunch of emotions, expectations and love put into it. It s obvious by the love and care you put into it, you are going to an amazing Dad. Congratulations to you, your wife and your son!

- BurlyBob


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#5 posted 12-04-2017 02:55 PM

Wow! This is a wonderful crib. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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BanjoBen

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#6 posted 12-04-2017 02:59 PM

Thanks!

By the way, if anyone has any recommendations for a good non-toxic wax that I could use on this, I’d love to hear them. I thought about using Mahoney’s, which is walnut oil and various waxes, but on the off-chance that the kid might have a nut-allergy, I was holding back on using that. I’m not sure if that’s actually an issue, but I’m trying not to take chances. I have beeswax I can use, but I was hoping to find something a little more durable.


Wow! This is a wonderful crib. Nice work!

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

- helluvawreck


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daiku_padawan

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#7 posted 12-05-2017 07:35 PM

Really nice work. Showed my wife. She says April babies are best. Our daughter was born this past April.

-- ~Daniel

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ILpodder

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#8 posted 12-12-2017 08:38 PM

Ben, what a great looking crib. Congratulations. I am currently working on a crib as well. Like you, I altered the plans a bit. The head and footboard are fine but encountered a problem w/ the sides. They are secure when attached to the head and footboard but are not very stable before assembly. They actually wobble quite a bit. I noticed that others have added supports running from the top to the bottom of the side (I. e/ nealius). Did you have this problem? If not, how did you solve it?

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