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Project by Jono posted 07-17-2008 08:29 AM 1505 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this crib for my son Lucas out of solid American Ash wood. I bought the plans from a company online and made sure they met all the safety requirements. It’s an Heirloom style crib and the plans called for five decorative inlayed pyramids on both end gates, but i decided not to include them. I like clean and simple let the wood speak for itself. I used Osmo hardwax oil for the finish. It was very expensive but worth every penny for the peace of mind knowing that my son is not being harmed from toxic paint or high VOC finishes. The vegetable oil based wax also leaves the wood looking very natural and is easy to touch up. Applying two coats of finish with a brush was very labour intensive with so many slats involved.

-- Jono, Vancouver,

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Callum Kendall

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#1 posted 07-17-2008 08:37 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 07-17-2008 11:55 AM

Great crib. Beautiful wood and finish. And ya gotta love the little guy lookin’ safe and comfortable.

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#3 posted 07-17-2008 01:32 PM

Great looking crib that will be cherished for generations. Thank you for sharing.

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#4 posted 07-17-2008 01:52 PM

Hi Jono;

Your crib is nice.

Your son is Beautiful!


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#5 posted 07-17-2008 01:57 PM

That is just sweet, and the crib looks great too.
Those slats look so easy, but I know how much work they really are.

Good job,

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#6 posted 07-17-2008 03:34 PM

I built this same crib a couple years ago for my oldest—and a couple weeks ago took it apart and packed it away in the crawl space. With luck, I’ll be around to put it back together for her first born!

Nice work and congratulations, Jono!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#7 posted 07-17-2008 06:45 PM

Looks great

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#8 posted 07-29-2008 03:04 PM

My wife is expecting our first and I have been looking at that exact crib. Would you say it would be a project for a relative newby?

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#9 posted 07-29-2008 03:24 PM


I also did that crib 2 years ago for our first kid. It is very labor intensive with all the slats, but everything is simple straight cutting. The plans and included HW make it very easy. Leaving out the pyramids as was done in this project simplify the steps even further.

One thing with the slats, the top and bottom pieces of the sides gets grooved on the table saw or router and then you cut 100’s of individual spacers that go between each slat, on both the top and bottom. So lots of little pieces. But it does come out great and is pretty simple to do. I am sure you are up for it.

Looks good. Next you need to do the high chair!

-- Rich, WNY,

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#10 posted 07-31-2008 09:06 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

I would rate this crib build a 2 out of 5 as far as difficulty goes. It’s more labour intensive with 100’s of slats and filler blocks, glue ups and hand finishing. The plans are very straight forward and easy to follow. Measure twice cut once and take it step by step. Good luck!

-- Jono, Vancouver,

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#11 posted 10-03-2008 09:49 PM

Nice looking crib you built there Jono, the kid looks great too!! I built a crib last year for my new grand daughter check it out if you have the time.
Keep up the good work!!

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