Rockler 3-in-1 Crib/Toddler bed/Twin bed

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Project by jbswearingen posted 06-27-2012 03:22 PM 2352 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Rockler 3-in-1 Crib/Toddler bed/Twin bed
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This is the first “successful” piece of flat work I built. I finished it just a week or two before Emma (standing beside it) was born in 2003. This pic was taken the day we brought Shyanne home from the hospital at a week old (there were some minor complications, but nothing lasting). Two years later, the front gate has been removed and Shy sleeps in it as a toddler bed.

You can see that it’s been modified from the original plans. I was a complete noob and wanted to be sure I could finish it it, so I simplified it as much as I could. Instead of cut and molded slats, I simply used maple dowels. I never put a finish on it, but might eventually go back and add a wipe on poly. I’m very proud of this bed and am looking forward to a possible third child sleeping in it sometime in the future. I hope it survives to see my grandchildren sleep in it.

It isn’t shown in the pic very well, but the front legs are bird’s eye maple. The stock I bought had a board included in it accidentally by the supplier, so I thought they’d be a nice, subtle addition.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 10:03 PM

You should be proud of that project…looks really well built

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 11:42 PM

I did the same plan about 6 yrs, ago for my grand daughter. She graduated through the first two conversions, but the bedroom wasn’t large enough for the full size so its up in the rafters awaiting another grand child (hopefully). Looks like you used 3/8” or 7/16” dowels instead of the slats. Do the dowels flex a lot?

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 02:02 AM

I forget the diameter; I’ll measure them later on and get back to you. The do flex a bit, but not too much. I was worried at first, but never had a problem with the babies getting stuck in it. While they were infants, their access to the dowels was limited by the bumper. Now Shy is strong enough that if her hand slips through, she can pull back out.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 09:44 AM

Great job looks perfect.

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

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