|Project by jeff_wenz||posted 11-01-2010 04:49 AM||4274 views||20 times favorited||14 comments|
This crib is for my son, Deacon. It was finished 2 days before his birth. I told my wife I wouldn’t be late, but I never promised I would be early, either.
Anyway, the crib design is a mash up of 2 different designs we both liked at Babies R Us. It was made to compliment the dresser for the nursery. I bought the Wood Magazine’s crib plans to get critical dimensions, but never used them other than to find the resource for ordering the mattress spring support (www.ProductsAmerica.com) and some of the baby safe specs.
The crib is made of cherry. It is finished with 2 painted-on coats of General Finish’s gel stain in java. 6 or so coats of sprayed on Deft’s brushing lacquer (satin) is the finish.
One of the reasons I liked this design was it offered me the challenge of bending wood. I had always seen David Mark’s bent wood lamination technique and I wanted to try that sometime. I was able to practice that here. the sides and part of the headboard each have bent wood lamination in them. The sides have seventeen 1/8” ply’s to get the desired width. Used MDF forms lines with cork (and packaging tape) along with Dap’s weldwood plastic resin glue. My wife helped me clamp it up and I think I even heard the statement, “Now I see why you need all those clamps.” That was music to my ears!
The adjustable crib mattress supports were made from 1/8” steel. This was my first attempt at metal fabrication and the results were satisfactory.
The spindles are mortised into the bottom and the tops slide into a groove where they are glued and brad nailed in place. I used some kerfing to comply to the bent shape.
This is a transitional crib which means it can be a crib, daybed and headboard/footboard of a full size mattress. So it should grow with the kid.
Just to take this project to the next level, I added a 6 foot rope light to the back of the headboard with a dimmer switch. So the crib has a built in indirect lighting “night light”. The glow of the light off of the wall is perfect.
My 5 day old baby seems to like napping in the crib. It will be a few weeks before he starts sleeping there permanently.
-- Jeff, North Carolina