Boy's Maple & Mahogany Crib

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 04-15-2008 03:41 AM 5005 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the crib I built last year for my son Sean.

As with the crib I built for my daughter, I can’t claim credit for the design – this was built following published plans from Wood Magazine. It’s the 3-in-1 crib plan. Nothing terribly fancy, but it serves its purpose. I mainly followed the plans but decided to use solid stock for the legs instead of the lamination as suggested.

Unfortunately I had no experience with RTA furniture and I did a poor job of drilling accurate holes for the barrel bolts that hold the whole thing together. This made it rather painful to assemble…but ultimately it all came together. Not to make excuses, but when your newborn son’s still sleeping in your bedroom at 6mos., is it really that surprising that the project became a bit rushed in the end? :)

Mortissing the legs…


Bent wood lamination for the headboard


My Daughter’s Crib:
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-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 04:51 AM


This is a nice crib. The maple and mahogany compliment each other nicely. From what I can see you did a good job on the construction.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-16-2008 01:10 AM

great looking project. very well done. no sharp corners, nicely sanded and finished.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 04-16-2008 10:06 PM

Nice job! I like the contrasting colors. I built this crib as well and had the same problems with the barrel bolts. If they’re off just the slightest bit, they’re almost impossible to screw together, not to mention you’re doing it blind hoping to intersect the bolt with the insert! Not to mention I assembled it in the shop and then had to take it apart and do it all over again to get it in the house.

-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 02:16 AM

Great job Patrick. I think we all tend to be critical of our own work on things that other people don’t notice.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 03:00 AM

Thanks all…I appreciate the comments.

David—I’m sorry to hear you had the same problem, but I have to admit a little glad to learn I wasn’t the only one. If I ever build another one, I’ll definitely pay extra attention to those #x$?*! holes!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#6 posted 04-22-2009 06:54 AM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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