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10-09-2008 09:06 PM

I wonder if anyone can suggest ways of making some baby furniture ideas really.My son and daughter in law are having their first baby yes Alistair and Bronwen my wife are about to become grandparents.I finished the computer table project and my wife want s me to do something nice unusual perhaps and babyish so all you pals of mine please tell me what you would suggest Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 10-09-2008 10:37 PM

Well, a cradle, of course. A shelf for over the changing table for all that stuff. A changing table, a dresser that will handle a cushion on the top to be a changing table for now, dresser for later.
Look at nursery furniture and stuff and see what you want to make.

-- Berta in NC

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#2 posted 10-09-2008 10:52 PM


When my sister-in-law had my first niece I made her a cradle, the kind that has a stand to support it so it rocks. That cradle has been used for 5 nieces and a nephew and is now in storage waiting for grandkids. Talk about an heirloom!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#3 posted 10-09-2008 11:18 PM

Yup a cradle or a crib done to code. you can’t go wrong with either.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#4 posted 10-09-2008 11:40 PM

Hi Grandpa

I would go with a crib because it can be used longer. Also makes a nice heirloom for generation to come. If you go to, they they have crib plans #21787 = $13.99 and hardware kit #20110 = $121.99. With your wonderful God given wood working talent you could design your own, but it would give you the size for the spring mattress and the basic measurements. Congratulations to your son and wife!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 10-10-2008 01:22 AM

I’d probably go with the cradle idea too.
Do it from a plan because they are trickier than you might think.

I trust you have a decent router?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 10-10-2008 01:43 AM

If you make a binkie, use hardwood so it doesn’t splinter.

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#7 posted 10-10-2008 06:54 AM

How about a rocking horse? There are great plans available.

On the binkie, be sure to finish it with mineral oil.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 10-10-2008 10:59 AM

When we had our first baby, the wife handed me a request list…
I honored:
Crib, used the Rockler plans and HW kit, lot of tedious work, but turned out great. Would recommend a crib, they get used for 18-24 months per child, versus a cradle which only gets used for a few months.

High-Chair, I know I found some plans and modified them slightly, very easy, can get web straps and the buckles anywhere. Also found the tray HW kit which was nice to have. They won’t start using this for about 6-8 months, until the kid is sitting up and holding his/her head up and even eating the mushed up carrots and chicken. Then they only use it for 8-12 months and they need a booster seat.

Rocking Chairs (of course). This would be used forever :)

A shelf for over the changing table is a great idea. Ours is about 48” wide and has a top shelf that is oak, and then I used cheap pine to do the lower shelf and partitions between the shelves and those got painted black. It is great for storing baby wipes, diapers, butt cream, etc. Mounted right over the changing table. Plus as the kid gets older it becomes a normal every-day shelf for stuff. My wife mounted some of the LED puck lights underneath so there is diffused lighting coming down onto the changing table.

I refused to do the cradle for the same argument ND2ELK put forward, not used as long. Another friend of ours requested (and paid for) a cradle so I did one for her. I did it without plans, they are simple enough. She did have a couple of other cradles that she liked different aspects of so I pretty much combined various design details and ideas into one piece. It came out great, but it was used for 2 months and is now in storage.

Rocking horse is next on the list, but they won’t really start playing with it until they are about 2 years old. Our son would climb on his every once and while once he started walking, but never got into it. Now that he is 2 he plays on it for 5-10 minutes at a time before moving on to the next toy.

Good luck.

-- Rich, WNY,

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#9 posted 10-10-2008 02:18 PM

I, too, am a first time grandpaw to be. I am building little Landon a crib and a dresser on which will lay a padded box to use as a changing table.


-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#10 posted 10-10-2008 02:22 PM

I would suggest a rocking chair. It can always be used regardless of age. Cribs and cradles are only used for a short period.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 10-10-2008 02:34 PM

Thanks so much guys I think I’ll make a crib, or cradle, a rocking horse and a doll’s house etc I already have made for when the baby get’s they are Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 10-11-2008 05:45 AM

You are pretty good… those are nice.

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#13 posted 10-12-2008 02:29 AM

My wife wants me to make my twin grand daughters(2 years old) and my 15 month grand daughter each their own little work bench and wooden hammer with wooden pegs that they can pound in.
They like working in grandpas shop.

-- Garry, Engadine, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

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#14 posted 10-12-2008 03:29 AM

Other handy pieces of furniture for your grandchild’s room could include a book bin, this is one I made for my daughter and it has come in handy next to a nursing or rocking chair. The other item is a shelf with hanging pegs.

Book Bin Shelf with Hanging Pegs

-- Scott, Colorado

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