Curly walnut reproduction baby crib/youth bed

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Project by dvail12 posted 03-29-2014 03:31 PM 2912 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over twenty years ago i was visiting my friends Wayne and Jan in Vermont with my wife who was 8 months pregnant with our first child. Wayne and Jan had recently had a baby girl, and their baby crib was an antique that had been in Wayne’s family for generations. I thought it was the best design I had ever seen for the simplicity and the easy conversion to a youth bed. However, between renovating a house, raising a family, working in a job, and living life with four more children to follow I never had the time or opportunity to build the “ideal” crib.

I have two older daughters, and a first grandson born in January of this year. So last year around October the pressure was on to build this crib and finish before the due date. To make a long story short the crib was finished in February. The interesting part was the final design. My daughter was concerned that an antique would not meet the new safety guidelines for cribs, so I went online and looked them up. Well some thing made sense and others did not. All kids eventually discover how to climb out of a crib with the side up. The danger is if they fall while doing so. And most store bought cribs have sides that are considerably high off the floor for the comfort of the adult parents. It is that hight off the floor that is worrisome. So I followed the guidelines regarding space around the mattress, rail height above the mattress, but lowered the overall height of the crib. To the top of the corner posts is 34” Height at the rail is about 32”. The rail folds down so the top rests on the floor, allowing a step up for a small foot onto the mattress when the baby reaches an age where freedom is inevitable.

Horton Brasses supplied the 29 hinges that allow the crib to fold up without disassembling to a width of 5 ½ inches for easy storage between babies. With seven children, there might be a few of them to come along. Curley Walnut came from Western Pennsylvania.

-- Dvail12

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 04:05 PM

Ya might want to make at least one spare one, otherwise when babies come fast and furious there could be a shortage of grandpa’s cribs…

Beautiful work. Excellent design and well executed with very nice lumber selection.

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 04:11 PM

Fantastic! I love the look of the curly walnut. Well done.


-- Jake * Wagner Woodworks * Glenelg, MD *

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 04:23 PM

Thanks for the compliments. This is a reproduction with some creative license. This is my first post. Most of what I do is a one off and the first project of it’s kind for me. Usually my own design. Being self taught with no formal training, I kind of work in a vacuum, pleasing my own eye. Perhaps this site will give my work the opportunity for more practiced scrutiny. I am all ears for instruction and improvement.

-- Dvail12

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 04:47 PM

Beautiful!!!!! What more can I say. Want one just because…....

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#5 posted 03-29-2014 06:37 PM

Totally Awesome!
This is a great web site. I have found lots of cool projects that have inspired me to create new work.. Glad to see you here.

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 06:47 PM

A beautiful Crib, great workmanship, I like the book matched raised panels and the Walnut is Beautiful. I also like what looks like a wood burning Cook stove in the background picture 4, have a great day.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 11:52 PM

outstanding work

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#8 posted 03-30-2014 12:12 AM

Fabulous looking project.

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 12:52 AM

Your skills certainly show on this gorgeous piece. The design/execution are exceptional but that crotch and curly walnut….....the fanciest I have ever seen!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-30-2014 01:09 AM

Incredible design and build. Beautiful work.

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

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#11 posted 03-30-2014 04:53 AM

That is some incredibly beautiful walnut, and the bed is certain to become a family heirloom. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 05:37 AM

That is some of the most beautiful walnut I’ve ever seen! Congrats on a beautiful piece

-- "Why am I soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?"

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#13 posted 03-30-2014 11:19 AM

Like the other comments, GREAT looking walnut. A great reproduction design. Good work.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#14 posted 03-30-2014 02:08 PM

Stunningly beautiful. Love the bookmatching on the ends. Surely to be passed down a few generations.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#15 posted 03-30-2014 02:21 PM

It’s a nice design and beautiful work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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