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10-25-2010 10:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut

First off, here is a link to the crib that I am about to attempt.

I am about to take on my biggest project yet; a crib for our first baby :-) I have several issues that I was hoping to get some help with before I start. I have access to some black walnut for really cheap and would love to use that. The first issue is that the plan calls for plywood at the foot board and on the sides of the cabinet. I thought it would look better with slats at the foot so that problem is resolved. I still need to figure out the cabinet. I don’t know what kind of plywood (readily available and not too $$$) I can use and how to make it match the walnut. I want this thing to look good of course.

The second issue is that this plan basically creates a crib that does not come apart. Since we will likely sell our house shortly after baby, that poses a problem. I have some ideas but would appreciate any more that you all have. Basically the base is made and then the cabinet is set on top. The rails are all doweled and glued together. The top piece of trim is nailed to the rails to reinforce it. At the bottom, the trim boards are cut to fit around the cabinet and rails and then nailed into place. Once its together its together!!!

Someone has built the same crib and posted it on a forum, but of course I can remember where. If you know, I would love to talk to that person too.

Thanks in advance for all your help.

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 11:15 PM

I looked a little more and found the person I was hoping to talk to. Still looking forward to input from everyone else.

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 11:44 PM

There is such a thing as walnut plywood, but it may be hard to find. It may be a special order.

Have you thought about making your own by putting a walnut veneer on to a piece of sanded plywood?

If you have not done any veneering before, you will find lots of help on this board if you just ask. It’s not that hard, especially on a smaller, flat piece like you need.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 12:38 AM

Look up the crib plans from Wood Magazine ( This crib is all slats, has drop down sides, no plywood, and comes apart easily. It was one of my earlier projects, and it was not difficult at all. If you build it, let me know and I will offer an alternative assembly option that makes the slat assembly much easier to manage if you don’t have a mortiser.

Now, having said all that, the best piece of advice that I would offer regarding building a crib is to not do it. The one I built got a grand total of about 6 months use between two kids, and now has gone through two moves, and will take up storage space for another 15 – 20 years until my grandkids-to-be use it for a couple months. I don’t mean to sound jaded, but I have chatted with several other woodworkers with a similar experience. In retrospect what I would have done is started on a twin bed with removable side rails (which I built later, but then under pressure), a dresser, end table, etc. that will be used for many years, and probably never have to be stored. The idea of building a crib is a romantic one, but not practical in my (rear) view.

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 12:59 AM

This is the plan I bought as a reference when I built my crib. I used it as a starting point and then designed my own. I used knock down hardware so I could disassemble parts of it. My base cabinet is one piece, but all the sides can be taken apart. Makes it easy to get in and out of a room. I too used dowels glued in for all the slats. I would suggest getting a doweling jig as it will be extremely useful and save you time and frustration. If you have any more questions, feel free to message me. And feel free to check out my crib and all the others on here. It’s not to hard to modify the plan if you want to make a few changes and make it your own. Good luck!

-- Matt -

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