|Project by Firefighter||posted 03-06-2011 12:49 AM||3339 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
This is the first of 2 cribs for our twins (didn’t know that when I started this project) due in the next 4-8 weeks. There were a lot of new experiences in this project as it was the largest thing I have done so far. I purchased plans (first new experience) and decided that they were pretty useless so I bought a mattress and redesigned the crib to fit our needs. The plans called for everything to be glued and doweled and that would have required building the crib in the room and never moving it (stupid!). I changed the design to make the cabinet into the changing table with doors on the end instead of the side, added knock down hardware and added a third leg in the middle (solid 2 1/4” squares). The doors and drawer fronts were my first attempt at table saw raised panels and that resulted in a ton of sanding. The 4th picture shows the layout marking system I used for all the slats and the 5th shows a dry fit. Everything is finished with 3 coats of wipe on poly (first time) and 2 coats of wax applied with 0000 steel wool (also a first). I bought a jet 10” planer/jointer and a shopfox band saw and learned to use both for this project. The changing table top was my first attempt at hand planes using a stanley #4 I found in my mom’s garage and half way restored. A lot of belt sander time later it came out pretty good. My biggest lesson was don’t start a project like this before Christmas because when you stop working on it to make Christmas gifts for a month and a half it makes the project seem like it never ends. Also, don’t say you are building the crib until you know how many babies your are having. Its also hard to work in a COLD garage. I have plans for crib #2 and should get that going soon. Now I can’t wait for the babies to be here to sleep in it!!! Lastly, thanks to everyone who helped out answering questions in forums and private messages. I really appreciate your help.