Cherry Crib

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Project by sjbSAE posted 10-19-2013 03:05 PM 1607 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been meaning to put this up for 2 months now, but here is the finished product. Our daughter was born August 24th. For the record, the crib was assembled and waiting for the last coat of finish when my wife went into labor 3 weeks early.

It is built out of solid cherry and based on the Wood Magazine 3-in-1 plans with a few modifications. I didn’t want any hardware showing through the front of the footboard, so I used bed hangers at the bottom of the sides and a threaded insert at the top. It goes together really easily this way and is rock solid when assembled. Also, the plans call for panels on the sides, I preferred the look of slats all around….that is a lot of slats (40) and way more tiny little spacers for the fake mortises (90 something). I haven’t built the bed rails yet, that’s a project for another day. Here are some build pics, don’t mind the messy shop.

Trimming the curved headboard with a ridiculous dust collection jig.

Curved rail glue up. Never enough clamps….

Removable side with bed rail hanger and through bolt.

Wood ready for resawing.

Lots of slats.

Finish is 2 coats homebrew Danish oil then 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss. This was definitely a learning project for me. Some dings/tooling marks that most people wont notice, but I am well aware of.

Thanks to all of the people who have posted similar projects and provided me with inspiration and good ideas that I stole.

Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 10-19-2013 03:09 PM

Very nice. Is this one of the expandable designs?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#2 posted 10-19-2013 03:32 PM

That looks really nice. You did a good job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 10-19-2013 03:43 PM

Good build well done.

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#4 posted 10-19-2013 04:22 PM

Great job and congrats to you! Very nice

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#5 posted 10-19-2013 05:08 PM

Very nicely done.

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#6 posted 10-19-2013 08:38 PM

You did a great job on this.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 10-19-2013 09:42 PM

Great job, i too made this same crib with the side slat modification, and you are right about those spacers! I really like the way you attached the sides to the front and back; getting the cam bolts lined up the way the plans called for ended up being a real pain. I like the way you did it much better.

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#8 posted 10-20-2013 01:51 AM

Congrats and a great job. Love the bed. Will be building one next week.

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#9 posted 10-20-2013 02:46 AM

Beautiful job and excellent work

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#10 posted 10-31-2013 09:26 PM

I was just curious how you offset the rails to fit the full size mattress. I am wanting to use the bedrail hangers with the bolt at the top. My only concern was that the full-size bed rails need to be spaced wider to fit the mattress. Thanks for the help and it looks really good.

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#11 posted 05-26-2015 02:14 AM

Love it. Great work.

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