LumberJocks

Sleigh-style Crib in Black Walnut

  • Advertise with us
Project by Volund posted 01-18-2013 at 01:14 AM 1272 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished up this crib over Christmas week, 2012, and delivered it to my daughter and her family that Friday. Attached are a couple pics, including my first grand-kid, Liam. As you can see, I was only a about 2 months late dropping it off.

I designed this crib after I noticed that all the cribs for sale online are IKEA-style things held together with cam bolts and have a ton of screw holes showing. I wanted something nicer, and the project grew from there. Eventually I stretched my Sketchup skills and drafted this design, which converts into a single bed as well.

Having learned not to paint myself into a corner, I was meticulous about the design of each joint and element. I made sure I had an idea how to go about each step before I incorporated it into the design. I also limited my tolerances to 1/16” (except for mortices) because CAD will bite you if you’re not careful about that.

New tools to complete the project include a Jet dedicated morticer and a Grizzly 24” 2-drum sander. Both of which paid for themselves on this project alone.

I used book-matched maple panels for the mattress frame – seen in the 2nd to last pic. Otherwise, the crib is made of black walnut with brass accents. I included a pic of the 20/4×15” x 60” slab of old-growth I carved the front and back rails from.

The finish is a non-toxic salad bowl oil, followed by several layers of blonde shellac (about 1 lb. cut) buffed out with 600 grit paper. Finally, I rubbed on a food-safe mix of carnauba and bees wax and buffed it out with old t-shirt rags.

The crib is solid as a rock, weighs about what I do, and should be in the family for generations.





10 comments so far

View Roger's profile

Roger

14447 posts in 1441 days


#1 posted 01-18-2013 at 04:28 AM

Very beautiful. Congrats also. A super nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

View Oldtool's profile (online now)

Oldtool

1791 posts in 828 days


#2 posted 01-18-2013 at 05:48 AM

Excellent build, great craftsmanship. This will become a family heirloom for sure.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

View bigpops0259's profile

bigpops0259

300 posts in 2787 days


#3 posted 01-18-2013 at 06:07 AM

Very nice, Beautiful heirloom. Well done, did one like yours a few years ago. Thanks for showing it.

-- Marty Ohio

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

13873 posts in 975 days


#4 posted 01-18-2013 at 07:05 AM

Beautiful work

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

View david38's profile

david38

1066 posts in 980 days


#5 posted 01-18-2013 at 07:08 AM

looks great

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112030 posts in 2214 days


#6 posted 01-18-2013 at 08:36 AM

Great looking crib and a cute little one too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Wiltjason's profile

Wiltjason

55 posts in 599 days


#7 posted 01-18-2013 at 09:23 AM

That’s an awesome crib! When’s the dresser coming?

View Fishinbo's profile

Fishinbo

11217 posts in 813 days


#8 posted 01-18-2013 at 09:55 AM

Beautiful design and great build, will be enjoyed for many years and generations. Impressive work!

—www.sawblade.com

View Volund's profile

Volund

28 posts in 592 days


#9 posted 01-18-2013 at 02:21 PM

Thanks everyone. A changing table was part of the original design. I cut it in favor of making this expandable into a toddler bed, so they can get more use out of it. Given how long it took to make, it was a good decision.

View Mike's profile

Mike

139 posts in 678 days


#10 posted 01-19-2013 at 03:43 AM

Beautiful work! So much nicer than anything you could buy at a store

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase