Baby Furniture - Crib

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Project by Bob_B posted 2331 days ago 1315 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The second and final piece of baby furniture for our new baby. My goal was to have it finished by the time she was born, but the little rug rat decided to come 3 days early. Like the dresser/changing table the wood is Sappele Mahogany, which is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Because my wife and I are both tall, I decided not to make the front drop down. The whole thing really came out pretty good we think and I’m sure our daughter will sleep peacefully from the moment we place her in it!

By the way Ella Paige was born 2/20/08 and my wife and I couldn’t be happier.

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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#1 posted 2331 days ago

nice crib. congrads on the new baby.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#2 posted 2331 days ago

Hi Bob,

This is a gorgeous crib. I can see why the sapele is your favorite wood to work with. The ribbon striping is stunning.

Congratulations on the new baby as well.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 2331 days ago

Congratulations! Great crib.

I’m not sure if this was your plan, but it looks to me like you could convert the solid side into a headboard for a single bed once she outgrows the crib.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2331 days ago

That sapele can sure soak up the finish, huh? My baby was born 6 weeks premature and I have spent
so much time catching up I didn’t make her anything. I think I will be making her things that she can use
for years.

Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 2331 days ago

Charlie – I did have the conversion to a bed in the back of my mind as this came together. There were definitely some decisions that took this into account.

Gary – Yes! This stuff eats finish, but looks great when you’re done.

Thanks for the nice comments.


-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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#6 posted 2331 days ago

Great looking crib; I love the sapele. Congratulations on the new baby!

-- Robb

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#7 posted 2331 days ago

Congratulations on the baby! Wonderful looking crib. What finish did you use?

-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!

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#8 posted 2331 days ago


The finish is mapped out in the blog I started for the changing table part of the baby furniture. Here’s the link

The finish is near the bottom of the page.

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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#9 posted 2330 days ago

Very nice, great job on the crib. Congratulations to the new dad – it’s the best feeling in the world!

My daughter-in-law asked me recently to build a crib for my (1st) grandchild. She wants one similar to what you have built.

Again, nice work!

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#10 posted 2330 days ago

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Might I ask where the idea for the bed came from? Is it from a plan or did you create it yourself? My recently married son and daughter in-law are currently trying to make me a grandfather. I’d like to be prepared if they succeed. ;)

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#11 posted 2330 days ago

Thanks Mick and Owen, I appreciate the nice comments. Mick, you are right, what a great feeling. I can’t stop staring at her. It’s awesome!

Owen, the crib was something I wanted to build because, like most woodworkers, I can’t justify spending $800.00 on a piece of shit from baby’s r us, when I can build one (quite a bit nicer if I do say so myself) for $250.00. Once I was committed to the idea, my wife just looked through catalogs until we saw something we liked. Actually we liked parts of several cribs and decided to incorporate them into our own version. I’m sure someone makes this style, be we didn’t find it.

If I can offer a piece of advice if you do decide to build a crib. Start with a full size template by tracing the actual mattress and work out your joinery from that. I don’t normally do this, but it saved my ass on this project. There are a few major mistakes I avoided by referring back to the template. This was probably my most important step.

If you need more detailed photos of how it went together, just let me know. I’m happy to share.

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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#12 posted 2330 days ago

Beautiful grain on the wood. Very nice crib. Congrats on the new addition.

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#13 posted 2319 days ago

Beautiful new heirloom that you have created. It’s beautiful and congratulations.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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