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11-08-2018 02:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood types

I am in the process of building a crib for a grandchild. I built one for a previous one out of birch and maple but was considering changing the type of wood used and am concerned about wood chipping, etc. as many of the pieces are small and require routing. Right not I am considering the following possible woods: bloodwood, sirari, bubinga, morado, mesquite, grandillo and zebrawood. Does anyone know have any experience with any of these woods as far as ease to use?


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#1 posted 11-08-2018 10:15 PM

I can’t speak to work-ability, but I’d suggest you look at https://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/ to help in selection of material for something likely to be chewed on by your grandchild. If it were me, I’d stick with maple and birch.

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#2 posted 11-08-2018 11:33 PM

+1 stick with maple, birch or cherry. Don’t want to poison the the little one!

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#3 posted 11-09-2018 12:04 AM

I would use cherry :<))

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#4 posted 11-09-2018 03:42 PM

+1 on the cherry.

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#5 posted 11-10-2018 01:14 AM

I’ve made a few out of walnut. Cherry would be nice too.

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#6 posted 11-10-2018 02:08 AM

Geez don’t forget to throw in poison oak and poison ivy. With a good thick coat of a high voc finish.
I’m joking hope you were tooo.

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#7 posted 11-10-2018 02:15 AM

Cherry – it only gets better with time.

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#8 posted 11-10-2018 03:37 AM

Of your list, I’ve only worked with bloodwood and zebrawood, neither are easy to work with!

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#9 posted 11-10-2018 06:57 AM

Maple and Cherry have been, and will remain my picks for baby furniture. Once sanded down, and finished I have never seen splinters or rough areas pop up. I can’t say that with Oak, and Walnut. Exotics, are definitely on the no fly zone for baby furniture. So many of them just pop up, and info on them for that kind of use is poor or limited. Many are just way to splintery, and prone to allergies.

Remember babies will torture test whatever you give them, not just sit there and admire the wood, and how nice it looks.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 11-10-2018 11:42 AM

I would stay away from exotics.

One of the biggest American made crib companies used to be close by before going out of business. They used hard maple.

On a side note, is anyone else scared to make cribs and bunk beds?

I had a few people ask, and wouldn’t touch it for fear of being sued. Cribs and bunk beds have regulations about slats spaces, finials, and such.

I know you said it’s family, but heaven forbid something happens and something you did is not up to code.

Anyways, good luck to you and make sure your design is also safe.

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#11 posted 11-10-2018 02:01 PM

I used cherry on mine and it has held up great (2 kids used it so far). Exotics on a crib seems risky.

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#12 posted 11-10-2018 05:47 PM

Other woods would be Alder and I’m particularly drawn to Beech. For a particularly hard wood with some color included try Hickory and also white Oak. There is Sycamore which has some interesting grain patterns depending on how it is cut.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#13 posted 11-10-2018 10:51 PM

Count me in with the domestic hardwood group. Cherry, Maple, or Beech would be my choice.

I’d use some nice straight grained fir in a pinch if I absolutely had to, but it would be a distant fourth on my list.

Finish it with shellac.

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