|Project by CSomers||posted 01-23-2012 02:21 AM||2302 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
This crib was my first completed woodworking furniture project. Like most wood butchers, we looked at store bought/mass produced cribs and I thought I could do better. Used plans from Wood magazine, some ideas borrowed from another woodworker on lumberjocks.com and some skills picked in a veeerrrryyyy long class project at School of Annapolis Woodworking (thanks Troy). The wood is all locally resourced Quarter Sawn White Oak and Quarter Sawn Sycamore from the Northern Virginia area provided through Local Wood of Berryville, VA. The project was completed 6 days before the arrival of my son, healthy and 7 lbs 9 ozs.
The most difficult part of the project was finishing; obviously used different finishes on the QSWN oak then I did on the QSWN Sycamore. The oak was finished using an aniline dye, shellac, gel stain, and Arm-R-Seal satin. Sycamore was just Tried and True Oil Varnish, and then decided to add top coat of Arm-R-Seal…was just easier. You’ll see in one of the pics I also purchased an unfinished carriage chest of drawers, no time to build, which was finished using same tech as oak with the knobs being finished with Tried and True.
• Should have used a dado blade instead of repeated passes with the table saw blade;
• A mortiser/drill press would have been useful for slats instead of gluing pacer blocks (could have done it with drill and chisels, but it would not have been completed on time);
• A good workbench/table would have been useful during finishing, still need to repair the footboard from fall off the table saw…
• Clean/organize as you go, basement was a mess by the time I finished.
This crib is a convertible, changes to toddler bed and regular bed, so there is still more work to do, but I have time…if I ignore my other house projects.