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NickThoR

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840 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: crib mattress support metal strip plug height

Has anyone made one these themselves? The ones you would typically buy are metal and have hangers you hook in to a metal strip you attach to the crib. But I was thinking why not just make a wood platform for the mattress and attach it with a bolt or screw of some type in to the crib? When neccesary, remove the bolt/screw and move down the needed amount, and put it back in. Then fill the hole with a plug.


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#1 posted 840 days ago

I made a crib for my grand daughter and used threaded inserts, spaced at about 2” intervals in the post. I made a sort of French cleat to be the mattress board support, with a matching cleat on the end of the mattress board.

-- Tim

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#2 posted 840 days ago

Years ago I made a crib for my kids, and I just did the mattress support as a piece of plywood with a solid 3” mahogany frame. I put brass inserts in to the frame and ran brass screws through the legs of the crib in to those inserts. It worked pretty good I’d say.

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NickThoR

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#3 posted 840 days ago

Inserts sound like a great idea, thanks! That would probably work alot better than just putting a screw in and taking it out. I’m still a bit of a newbie, I appreciate the advice. Just wondering… do you remember what height yall put them at? right now i have it planned at 10” from floor/28” from top of rail as the bottom hole, second lowest hole 14”/24”, third at 18”/20”, and top hole at 22”/ 16”; is that about right? It is kind of a low crib, but my wife is only 5’ and it is a solid side, i.e. no drop side.

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#4 posted 840 days ago

I built my daughters crib and built my own shelf and shelf supports. I built the shelf as a torsion box using 1x pine and 1/2 plywood. To mount the shelf to the crib posts, I bored a series of 1/2” holes (as deep as the post would allow), and put 1/2 oak dowels into the holes, protruding about 1.5 inches outside the post. The holes allow me to change the height of the shelf.

The system has help up well under use, and it saved me about a hundred bucks. That said, commercially sold cribs have to have a shelf that attaches to the frame somehow, not simply sitting on a ledge or dowel post.

-- Jeff, Deltona Florida

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