|Project by withoutlimits||posted 04-09-2013 05:25 AM||2868 views||15 times favorited||15 comments|
I have been coming to Lumberjocks for a long time, and am finally posting a project. I decided to build a crib once my wife and I were expecting our first child, which is due at the end of May. It is made entirely of black walnut, mostly 4/4 but the legs are made of 6/4. The curved molding is also made out of 6/4, resawed into 4 strips and laminated. The few screws that were used during assembly to add some strength are plugged with cherry.
The design is my own, but I took a great deal of inspiration and design ideas from some other lumberjocks, ND2ELK in particular. Before making any cuts I generated a 3D model to finalize dimensions and tweak the design, the final product was modified very little as the build progressed. The crib assembles using connector bolts to threaded inserts or cross dowels, the front/headboard can come off to make it a toddler bed. Eventually the headboard/footboard can accommodate side rails to make a full bed as well. I also made the mattress support that you cannot see in these pictures, it was made from some leftover cherry plywood with strips of walnut around the edges. I took about a month to research and come up with the design, picked up the wood around Thanksgiving and did the final assembly this weekend.
I am posting this unfinished as I am looking for advice. I plan to use General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, but am debating if I should try to finish it in the vertical or horizontal position. In the horizontal position I would not have to worry about runs as much, but because there is a 1/8”” roundover on every piece I am concerned that it will be easy to get discontinuties in the finish when trying to finish one side and waiting for it to dry before finishing the reverse side. I am basically looking for advice from anyone that may have finished a crib or something similar and what approach worked best for them. Any comments and feedback are welcome, thanks for looking!