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skirvin

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10-05-2011 02:09 PM

new to all of this just found out im going to be a dad really excited but i need help with building a crib want it to be very special im looking for the layout for a convertible baby crib if u have one or know where to find a good EASY one please let me know asap, ive got plenty of time but id really like to get started on it. thank u


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Blakep

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 09:44 PM

I built my daughters crib a little over a year ago. It was only my second project, with her changing table being my first, so it didn’t turn out perfect but it did go pretty good. The one I built was not intended to be convertible but I could probably use the back as a headboard. I would say just make sure the back and front can be used as a headboard and footboard and when the time comes to convert it you can either make or buy the rails and a matress and you have a twin size bed.

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 09:56 PM

Not sure where to find the plans. I built my daughters crib a couple of yrs ago, and i would make a couple of suggestions. Famialurize your self with the safety guidelines. Slat width, strength, spacing, height, finishes, that type of stuff. Plus, i think it is agood idea to have the matress first. Then the crib can be sized accordingly. Snug fit is best, less chance to get wedged in for the little one. Congrats on the pregnancy.

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Blakep

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 10:20 PM

Great recomendations Shane. I did buy my matress first and built to fit. If it hasn’t changed I think the farthest the slats can be apart is 2”. I don’t remember the exact hights but you will have to make sure you make it adjustable where you can lower the matress as the baby gets older unless you go with the side that lets up and down. As Shane said, Congrats and just remember he/she is hard to break haha my daughter fell the other day and my wife thought she and broke her neck but she got up laughing. He/she will definitely change your world.

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MakerofSawdust

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 10:24 PM

I concur with ShaneA – Get the CURRENT safety guidelines for cribs. Don’t automatically use old plans without allowing for adjustment due to changed regulations. They change for very good reasons – to avoid injury or death of little ones; usually only after tragedy. I built a cradle for my nephew that way a number of years ago and started with the current rules and bought a mattress before I started making any sawdust. Sorry I don’t have plans to share. There was a lot of head scratching going on in my workshop on that project. Plans certainly would have made it easier.

-- - Kevin from Cincinnati. All my work is guaranteed: Three minutes or three feet; whichever comes first.

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ClayandNancy

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 10:51 PM

MakerofSawdust is right, regulations have changed. Our church bought cribs 2 years ago and now we have to replace then because things change. From what I understand (I’m no expert) but it has to do with the drop rail in front, no longer allowed. The mattress has to be adjustable up and down depending on the size of the child.

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Grandpa

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#6 posted 10-06-2011 05:16 AM

Yeah the rules and regs are changing daily. Cribs bought last January cannot be used after Dec. The rail spacing should be investigated, the rail height, no sides that slide up and down…it has gotten to be a mess in the day care business. The side can hinge out at the top to be able to reach the baby I think. The mattress needs to be adjustable up and down. You can’t even give the old beds away anymore. It is a deal.

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ShaneA

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#7 posted 10-06-2011 05:33 AM

I am thinking the drop down sides are a no no now. Rather than pay high hardwarde fees from the retailers, I opted to make the matress platform sit on a plywood platform. Kind of like a bookshelf turned face down, if that makes sense? Just screwed and dadoed together, as the need arose, I took it out and cut it down. PITA, but saved about $150. Another suggestion would be to make a small step stool, it will make placing baby in easier. Plus the kid will enjoy it down the road, when the “can I help” phase kicks in.

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derosa

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#8 posted 10-06-2011 05:47 AM

Check out the rockler website for a convertible crib. I decided to go with a non-convertible because the resulting bed is a full size bed, twin sized mattresses are cheaper as is the bedding (yes, I’m cheap) and there are more options for kid styled bedding in the twin size (think disney princess or spider-man); that and I figure the next kid will need it and I’m not building another unless there’s twins.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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ShaneA

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#9 posted 10-06-2011 09:53 PM

Here are a couple of pics of my daughters crib. Man I need to learn how to use a computer.

It is made of birch, I also made the picture frames and all of her other bedroom furniture, very rewarding. I pocket screwed the individual sides to the bottom, and then screwed the sides together. Plugged the screw holes, but did not glue. I have since taken the front side off for more of a toddler bed, if you will. The crib design was based on a photo momma liked, so I tried to replicate best I could. What can I say, I am a design thief.

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buckles

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 02:36 AM

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Grandpa

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#11 posted 10-07-2011 04:39 AM

The sides that slide up and down are definitely out now. I think you can still use a side that hinges near the top and this will lower the side so the mother can reach the baby. There are so many regs coming out right now that you need to go to your local Dept. Of Human Services and get a brochure on them. We upgraded our beds in our church daycare last January and they have changed the regs since. The sad part is another church nearby bought new beds that met regs in Jan and they are out today. Commercial baby cribs are really expensive. We will have to take our old beds to the metal recycle place to be crushed because you cannot even give them away according to the latest laws.

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