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Kevin

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2248 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: walnut crib baby bed design question finish

I am planning to design and build a crib for our first child, which should be here in September.
I’ll post my design as soon as it is finished.

I plan to use Walnut, but have a design question: Do you think it would better to have it all Walnut or Walnut with a lighter colored wood for the styles (pickets)? I have some Oak, Ash, Hickory, Sycamore, and Honey Locust that I could use.

Second, what kind of finish should I use? I just want to seal it, not color it.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas


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Russel

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#1 posted 2248 days ago

I like the look of contrasting woods. Where you put the contrast is a matter of personal taste, my preference is to contrast panels, but you’re going to be looking at it so what pleases you (and Mom-to-be of course) is the route to take. I finished my baby furniture with a sealer coat of clear shellac and then clear satin wipe-on poly. To my eye it makes the wood look rich, particularly walnut. Good luck and we’ll be waiting for pictures.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Ben Griffith

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#2 posted 2248 days ago

This might help you…

Walnut with maple:
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All walnut (with some maple accents):
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Kevin

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#3 posted 2247 days ago

I talked to the Mother to be last night and she is leaning towards all Walnut. I am leaning towards a mix.
So we decided to plane a few pieces of lumber this weekend, finish them and just stick the together to see what we like the best.

I’ll try to get some pictures and a blog going on this one.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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Loren

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#4 posted 2247 days ago

Shellac and wax is the most non-toxic finish… totally
safe.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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