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10-29-2010 02:31 AM

This may be a little ridiculous, but I am hoping for a little direction. I am going to buy some lumber from a guy who has it listed for sale. I am wondering how much I need since it is a one shot deal. I am thinking that 100 BF has got to be more than enough, but I have never really figured materials for something like this (my projects usually include 25 trips to the store). If that is too much its fine because nothing goes to waste around here. I’d rather be over than under. Below is a link to the crib I am planning to build.

Thanks for the help!

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 02:37 AM

I’d say you probably only need 1/2 of that, but I’d buy the 100 bf anyway. Extra lumber is a good thing!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 03:12 AM

It is $2-3(wider boards) per board foot for curly maple. I don’t think you can beat that. glivingston- I bought the plan and as you said “good plans”... I don’t think that applies here. It is a starting point.

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 03:41 AM

figuring the sides as solid and the floor of the bed as good wood it would seem to approach 90 bf. looks like some of the frame may be thicker than 1” From the material list from plans you should be able to come closer . . . allow extra as there will be waste … er scraps for other projects of course I could be way off I just did a quick check of the material that would show

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 04:07 AM

That would be a great price for curly maple.

I came up with about 80 bf roughly figuring, and as fredf says, add some for waste and you should be very close…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 04:57 AM

70-80 bd ft. A lot depends on your habits and condition of lumber.

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 09:37 PM

Since I have told the rest of the world, I thought I would share it here. I hope the crib I have already started will be big enough to hold 2! First ultrasound yesterday had 2 babies. Talk about an amazing surprise!!!

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#7 posted 11-10-2010 11:17 PM

Congrats. I build a crib and used this plan as a starting point. I used about 70 BF but I used plywood to make the base cabinet so that’s not included in the 70. I would go with at least 100 and if it’s a good deal, a little extra never hurt.

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#8 posted 11-10-2010 11:29 PM

2 for the price of 1! Congrats!

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#9 posted 11-10-2010 11:37 PM

Depending on the cost of the lumber, buy as much as you can afford. Sounds like you need 2 cribs, changing table / dresser (at least 1, probably 2), and lord only knows what else you will want to build for the younguns…

By the way, congrats.

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