cherry crib

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Project by Tomas posted 06-28-2008 06:49 AM 1995 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had plenty of advance notice but I did not get around to this project until I had already finished a few other projects and where I live it is now too unbearable to work in the garage. I wish I had started sooner. The pictures are nice but don’t show the plenty of mistakes I made. The main problem I had was making the 92 tenons on the 46 slats – I used a dado blade/stop block setup to cut tenons from the 3/8 slats but I think I did not hold the slats tight enough against the miter gauge as I ran them over the dado blade and the result was uneven shoulders so one side would be shorter than the other creating a gap on one side where the shoulders would rest on the rails. I mention this in length because I wish I had done just a few before I noticed what was happening so I could correct it and come up with a better method Basically I wish I had checked my work but I was in a hurry to get this done. Here is the link to the plans I used.

I did not go with making the inlaid pyramids with contrasting wood – I used what I had left over from making the nightstands I posted earlier as a project.

Our baby is due in about a month – I wish I had more time to make things – I need to make a dresser/changing table and that will have to wait until fall because it is just too hot.

I want to thank PresiadoWoodworks for guiding me though some of the construction details and making sense of the hardware configurations. His posted project inspired me to try making a crib – I had looked at cribs at Babies R Us and I just could not bring myself to buy one when I looked at the construction details – I wanted my baby to have something better (not like she will notice while using it). One thing that surprised me was the cost of a crib mattress – per square inch a crib mattress is the most expensive piece of bedding you will ever purchase.

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#1 posted 06-28-2008 08:05 AM

That is one great looking crib!!!

Your project recaps remind me of a seminar on finishing at The Woodworking show last year. The instructor opened his talk by saying, “all of you are not as good as you think you are…” I thought, wow this is going to be interesting…He then went on to say, “You’re better!” He continued, I never met a woodworker who after completing a project and showing it to friends and family for the first time didn’t point out every mistake he made, of which none of those mistakes would be noticed by anyone but the craftsman himself. I laughed b/c I had done this myself many times and since that seminar I have stopped myself from doing that a few times already, so Tomas- you do fantastic work…Best of luck with the new arrival!


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#2 posted 06-28-2008 11:22 AM

From here it looks great! Congrats on the young ‘un…

btw, you’ve got a couple of years before the rocking horse, time to get started! :)

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#3 posted 06-28-2008 01:08 PM

A very well done crib. And, while she may not notice the quality while she’s using it, she’ll know how special it is as she gets older.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 06-28-2008 01:35 PM

That is a fine crib indeed.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#5 posted 06-28-2008 03:01 PM

Gorgeous crib that will be cherished for many generations. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 06-28-2008 03:18 PM

that is one beautiful crib. i love the look of that cherry. cherry is such a beautiful wood! thanks for the post

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#7 posted 06-28-2008 03:24 PM

That is one great crib. Really professional-quality workmanship!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-28-2008 03:25 PM

Hi Tomas;

This is a beautiful project. We all make mistakes – a – plenty. Generally, we’re the only ones to notice them.

Maybe I’ll make the the title of one of my pieces.

Congratulations on the new baby! (a little early).


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#9 posted 06-29-2008 03:34 AM

Congrats on the baby first of all. Secondly like Lee said we all and I mean the best of us make mistakes. What makes a great carpenter is being able to hide his mistakes. You have done that very well. Great project.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 06-29-2008 12:40 PM

Really great crib. Cherry was an excelent choice of wood.
This is definitely a family heirloom.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#11 posted 06-29-2008 01:24 PM

Great looking crib. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 06-29-2008 06:26 PM

Tomas, I love the design and the cherry. You did a great job. Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#13 posted 06-30-2008 01:34 AM

I love that great crib. Really professional-quality workmanship!

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#14 posted 06-30-2008 04:43 AM

Thanks for all the comments – I feel inspired to continue on – as soon as it cools down. I do need to expand on my finishing skills. The finish is a light coat of boiled linseed oil (three parts mineral spirits to one part BLO) and then several coats of 1 or 2 lb cut of garnett shellac. That is it – I know some people follow up with a varnish or something else but I never got that far in my experimentation. I definitely need to work on finishing. Thanks again, Tomas.

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#15 posted 05-12-2009 02:17 AM

I’m getting ready to cut the same slats on the same project with the same technique- What would you do differently?

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