|Project by dvail12||posted 03-29-2014 03:31 PM||2716 views||3 times favorited||18 comments|
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.