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Sleigh-style Crib in Black Walnut

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Project by Volund posted 588 days ago 1263 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.





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Roger

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#1 posted 588 days ago

Very beautiful. Congrats also. A super nice build.

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

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 588 days ago

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

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bigpops0259

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#3 posted 588 days ago

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

-- Marty Ohio

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 588 days ago

Beautiful work

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david38

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#5 posted 588 days ago

looks great

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 588 days ago

Great looking crib and a cute little one too.

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Wiltjason

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#7 posted 588 days ago

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

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Fishinbo

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#8 posted 588 days ago

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

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Volund

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#9 posted 588 days ago

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.

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Mike

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#10 posted 587 days ago

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...

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