|Project by FiremanJim||posted 02-08-2011 09:04 AM||3267 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
I made this crib for my first daughter. I had it completed when she turned 3 months old. My wife and I saw an oval baby crib online and they wanted $1,000 for it. Well, we all know we can make it for much less. After a quick search online, we managed to find the oval mattress for $187 so we ordered it. Once it was delivered, I used the mattress as a template for the layout of the dowel rods. I consulted many different baby safety sites to ensure I followed all current safety procedures while building the crib.
Originally, I was going to make it with a drop down side. However, as luck would have it, there were some massive safety recalls on drop side cribs so I opted to convert it to a solid structure. I had to alter it a bit so the mattress could be raised or lowered to various heights. This was done by cutting slats that run along 4 of the dowel rods and are held in place by wooden clamps under the slats. A 1/2” piece of plywood, cut in an oval, sits on top of the slats and under the mattress.
My wife loved it, once I finally got it finished. I have to admit that it came out much better than I had expected. I used oak for all the pieces, aside from the plywood under the mattress. All together, I spent about 60 hours, though it was spread across 3-4 months.
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