Mission Style Crib

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Project by DawsonWoodworking posted 05-26-2012 05:32 AM 3401 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another crib I made for another niece. Now I am in trouble, I have a made a crib for the first born of my wife’s sister and one for my brother. Now all my siblings and siblings-in-law will expect one.
Currently I am make a crib WITH my bro-in-law. I sparked his interest in woodworking and we are making it together. And I am just getting started on a crib for my own baby. My crib will be similar in style to the cherry cradle I made.

This is made from quarter sawn white oak with a shellac finish.

I experimented with this crib. instead of doing mortise and tenon on each of the slats, I ran a grove in the top and bottom of the side rails and filled the grove spaces in between each slat with a little 1/4” x 1/4” filler block. This turn out to be far more tedious that just making a mortise and tenon for each slat! Sanding each one flat was a never ending task.

I used the little corbels to hide the connecting screw for front/rear panels.

FYI – this crib will fit in the back of a late model Hyundai Sonata! I know this because I live in Salt Lake City, and we rented a car to deliver it to my brother, near Los Angeles. It fit just perfect in the back seat. (We rented that car for 3 days for $80 and put 1800 miles on it! beats putting the miles on my own vehicle)

-- Salt Lake City, UT My goal is to live forever - so far, so good.

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#1 posted 05-26-2012 11:35 AM

Nice looking crib. Definitely headed for heirloom status.
I agree about using the groove idea with the mortise. Did that on a chair I made. Took a while.
Good idea (I think) about the car rental. Wife and I have decided since ours is paid for if we take a long trip we will rent then give it back. Much better than a car payment.

-- Life is good.

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#2 posted 05-26-2012 12:19 PM

Beautiful crib and ditto on the rental car to deliver it. I’ve done the same way to take furniture to my Son in Atlanta.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 02:52 PM

Nice job! These will become family heirlooms. Sounds like you have a list of family members to make happy, so better get busy.

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 02:57 PM

Great looking crib, you are know as Cribs are us to your family LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 10:38 PM

Beautiful crib.

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#6 posted 05-27-2012 02:32 AM

Beautiful crib, thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 05-28-2012 06:32 AM

Good job on spreading that woodworking infection.

Indeed this is one fine crib. And yes, once you make something good looking, everyone wants one. And more often they do not realise how much time and effort goes into making.

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