My second 3 in 1 crib

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Project by Green_Hornut posted 06-21-2012 01:52 AM 3056 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Used the 3 in 1 pattern from Wood Magazine. Changed it up a bit. The top has a double curve, the sides have slats instead of panels, the top rail of the sides is curved instead of flat, the bottom stile is a framed raised panel instead of a solid board. The top front stile mimics the curve of the headboard. And different bed rail hangers to put the whole affair together. Other than that it is an exact copy of the Wood design ;-) The carving is my CNC router.

Cherry havested from trees from my brothers woodlot. 2 coats of Watco natural, then 5 coats of a homemade poly wiping varnish rubbed down with 0000 steel wool between coats. Not a built up finish but a nice soft glow.

I started the day my daughter told me she was having a baby and finished up and delivered it to their house 4 days before she delivered. Nature waits for no woodworker. By the looks of the last picture I should have made a smaller crib or my daughter a bigger baby.

You may have noticed that the title says this is my second crib. My first was a more true copy of the Wood mag. design for my first grandchild but I had commissioned a carving on the headboard based on a print that we had and that may or may not be copyright issue. I’ll leave it at that. I changed up the hangers for assembly because the original design used connector bolts and barrel nuts. A huge pain in the back side. My design snaps together in less than 5 minutes and is rock solid.

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 03:21 AM

All the personal touches look great! I’m making mine based loosely on the same plans right now. How did you attach the sides to the headboard and footboard?

-- Brian

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#2 posted 06-21-2012 10:48 AM

Great job on all of them, and contrats to the new grand-baby!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 06-21-2012 03:15 PM

This is a great project. My daughter was just born in May but I was so wrapped up in a renovation project, I couldn’t build her a crib… there will be plenty of projects for her coming up though! Again… great job!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 12:56 PM


I used the heavy duty wrought Steel bed rail fasteners from Rockler. If you notice on the side view that there are rails on the sides. This is a change I made to the original design. The fasteners hook part are mortised into the side rail right where the bottom style is mortised into he rail. If you look closely there are connector bolts right underneath the top style. That keeps the sides from becoming disconnected. You can also see the threaded inserts for the connector bolts in the headboard in the full bed view. A crib mattress is 52 inches wide while a full size mattress is 54 inches. To accommodate the full size mattress and not to leave a dangerous gap when a crib I set the crib sides inward for a tight fit. Then to accommodate the larger mattress when a bed I had a local welder weld 1 1/4 inches on the sides of another pair of hook ends and put them on the end of the full size rails. That way the rails are offset 1 1/4 inches outward

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 12:43 AM

A very nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 03:42 PM

I noticed that you used a solid panel in the headboard vs the plywood as the plan calls for. I am getting ready to start on the Wood Magazine 3 in 1 crib and also want to use a solid panel in the headboard. Were you concerned about wood movement? Since the laminated top rail is called out to be screwed into the legs I have been a little concerned. How did you go about attaching the panel and the laminated top rail?

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#7 posted 01-29-2013 07:50 PM

qball I wasn’t too concerned about the movement. The grain is pretty much going in the same direction for 97% of the board so I don’t believe that there will be all that much difference in their expansion and contraction. The laminated top rail is glued up six ways from Sunday and not going anywhere. The solid board is mortise and tenon into the legs but what little bit of cross grain you have at the ends I believe the movement will be negligible. The framed raised panels I did on the bottom in place of the solid board/plywood are free floating. I use those small urethane balls that you put in the groove between the rails/stiles and the raised panel to keep them from rattling and keep them centered.

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