|Project by harvey4804||posted 05-28-2013 04:39 AM||1716 views||9 times favorited||17 comments|
In December my wife announced to me that she was pregnant. Shortly after I went into I guess you could say a panic mode and immediately started building a crib. First thing first, I had to build a workbench/outfeed table. Once that was completed I starting looking at different plans that were available. The Wood Magazine 3-in-1 crib looked the most like what I had in mind. I purchased the plans and started looking for wood that wasn’t pine or oak (my preferences).
I found an ad on Craigslist where a guy who has a custom cabinet shop and needed to sell off some of his stock to make room. He had walnut, mahogany, and Quarter sawn sycamore. I ended up getting a few hundred BF of his mahogany (which had some nice figure) and I also picked up a board of his QSS. I didn’t know how I was going to incorporate the QSS at first but decided to use it as a contrasting piece in the headboard and footboard.
As you can see in the pictures I didn’t curve the top, that’s because I don’t have a bandsaw and I didn’t feel like using my jig saw. I also doubled up the thickness on just about everything. the rails are 1.5” thick and the slats are 3/4”.
As far as the finish goes, I used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal satin. Probably 4-5 coats with a light sanding in between. I’ve gotta say, I’m just about novice as it gets when it comes to finishing but the Arm-R-Seal is fantastic and VERY easy to apply! I’ve used other brands (minwax watco etc.) in the past on misc. wood stuff and have never been really happy with the results. Arm-R-Seal rocks!
back when I started getting ideas for a crib I came across a guy I think on the Wood Whisperer website who installed a rope light on the headboard. I thought that was a really sweet addition so I went to the BORG and was about to pick up a length of rope light and next to it was a display of a LED color changing, dimmable, remote controlled, super thin strip and I had to have it! (I have a light fetish LOL)
Got Questions, want more detailed pix, lemme know and I’ll hook ya up.
-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10