Finished Crib Finally! . . . Well, Almost.

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Project by BreakingBoardom posted 1441 days ago 2048 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after many hours, my labor of love has finally come into use. I started building this crib like 6 months ago, but with just a little time here and there and milling all my own lumber, I finally got it finished enough for my daughter to sleep in it. I still have to construct the drawers though.
Now there were a lot of firsts on this project, including the drawers I’ll be building. The design is my own with some input from my wife. It is constructed out of alder with a red oak stain I believe and 3 or 4 coats of poly. I used pocket hole joinery for the base cabinet where the drawers are going. The lower rails have cam locks holding it to the base so I can remove them as it won’t fit through a standard door. The front, back, and sides are all connected to the corner posts using 1/4-20 bolts and threaded inserts to allow for their disassembly too. Overall I’m pretty pleased with this as it’s my second real project and incorporated the use of my recently acquired table saw and planer. Any questions or comments, good or bad, are welcome. Thanks for looking!

Pic 1 – From the front
Pic 2 – Looking inside
Pic 3 – From the side
Pic 4 – Angle shot
Pic 5 – My daughter (The happy inhabitant)
Pic 6 – My daughter trying to help build it herself

-- Matt -

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#1 posted 1441 days ago

What a cutie! Nice crib, too. Slats close enough to keep her little head out of the danger zone. Be prepared for munch marks when she starts teething. I do not believe any stains or finishes are toxic, but check that out if you already haven’t. There hasn’t been lead or mercury in paint for decades, so those worries are a thing of the past.

Watch out, dad, she’s going to be out in the shop pounding nails before you know it!

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#2 posted 1441 days ago

Good work. My son’s bedroom set was my first real project. The crib was tedious but it is worth it. I like the look of yours. Great Job

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#3 posted 1441 days ago

Looks like a great crib and of course the pretty lady that will sleep there!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 1441 days ago

awesome crib! i hope some day when I get have children I can do the same thing! This is something you’ll be able to pass down for generations!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 1441 days ago

I’m not sure which is prettier! You should be extremely proud on both accounts!

-- christine

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#6 posted 1441 days ago

Nice work Matt, looks great. I like the design, all the special fasteners to disassemble it too. Keep up the good (wood) work.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#7 posted 1441 days ago

@AtomJack – Yeah, I checked the CPSC guidelines for crib construction before building it. Wanted to make sure it was safe. And the stain and finish should be safe too. Thanks for the comments guys. She seems to like it and I’m fairly pleased. Now just hope I don’t screw the drawers up. lol. A good learning project though. Definitely a skill builder.

-- Matt -

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#8 posted 1441 days ago

Very nice work!

-- C.C.,Georgia

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#9 posted 1441 days ago

Good piece of work and i agree with the comment of christine…......


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#10 posted 1441 days ago

Beautiful crib, beautiful daughter.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 1440 days ago

Good looking crib Matt! It’s a great thing to be able to do for you daughter and every time you lay her down or pick her up you’ll get to admire the fruits of your labor in both the crib and your daughter! Oh, and good luck on the drawers

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#12 posted 1440 days ago

Great helper.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#13 posted 1419 days ago

Wow it turned out great!

-- new to woodworking, please be nice!

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