Mason's Crib

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Project by DawsonWoodworking posted 04-03-2013 06:30 PM 1203 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this crib for my new nephew Mason. It is solid Walnut. My brother-in-law (Mason’s Dad) wanted to help make his son’s crib, so we worked on this together. I will post some additional pics later to show the dovetail error

My bro-in-law learned about book matching, false tenons, pros/cons of shellac and how much sanding can be involved :)

The false tenons on the front are to hide the screws.

Finish is amber shellac and wax.

One of the biggest challenges to this project was find a way to attached the sides to the front. I tried using a sliding dovetail so the side piece would slide into a slot in the back of the front legs, but there wasnt enough material to provide a strong and safe interlock, so I used screws to attach it and covered it with false tenons.

-- Salt Lake City, UT My goal is to live forever - so far, so good.

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 08:04 PM

nice crib, i actually just picked up some walnut to build a crib myself. how wide are your slats and what is the spacing?

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 08:37 PM

nice looking

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 05:03 AM

Very nice work!

I used bed rail fasteners on my walnut crib and it was a perfect application. This method also allows for full disassembly of all 4 panels. You can see them installed in photo #5 here:

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 02:10 PM

VA Engineer – The slats are 1 3/4” and the spacing is about 2 1/4”, but it changes slightly between the front and side pieces. I actually used AutoCAD to help with layout and the arithmetic.

-- Salt Lake City, UT My goal is to live forever - so far, so good.

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#5 posted 04-05-2013 07:04 PM

That turned out really great. Like the walnut and the design. The finish makes the grain really pop. Well done!

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