Full sized bed rails for my son's lifetime crib

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Project by WooDR67 posted 02-05-2012 12:39 AM 1688 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1) My wife and I were given an expensive “Lifetime” crib when my son was born 4 years ago but but we didn’t buy the full size conversion rails, so when he outgrew the crib we decided to buy the rails. When I contacted the crib company they wanted $179 for essentially two pieces of 1×6 hardwood. I felt I could do just as good or better for a whole lot cheaper.

2) I used a mortise bit I borrowed from my neighbor and an overpowered corded hammer drill to make the ( I guess it would be mortise).

3) I couldn’t find any steel rods to use as the stabilizers so I used heavy gauge nails and I cut off the heads with my Dremel. I bought the hardware (4x bolts and washers) from Home Depot

4) I used Minwax stain that I didn’t bother wiping off, I just sealed it with Minwax Polycyclic Protective finish..
It was a pretty easy project even though it was the very first time Ive made anything practical AND it lr made it a lot easier to buy new tools and not burrow so much from my generous neighbors.

-- "It is amazing what you can accomplish when you dont care who gets the credit"

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 01:17 AM

Nice job on the bed update. that saved you a bundle.

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 04:15 AM

Looks good, I did the same thing for my daughter, it was a lot less expensive and the crib was only MDF with wood grain covering. It was a gift from my wife’s mom & my mom almost 8 years ago, I don’t even want to know what they paid for it, might make me sick. You did an excellent job!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 03:43 PM

I think I paid $90 for the rails for our crib, but I’ll never end up using them since we don’t have room for that big of a bed and ended up buying twin sized beds for our kids.

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 05:01 PM

Mine would have been that *cheap but I didn’t buy them right away and when it was time to get them my crib was discontinued.

-- "It is amazing what you can accomplish when you dont care who gets the credit"

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