Building Baby Stokes' 3-in-1 Crib #1: The Design

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Blog entry by Will Stokes posted 05-08-2011 07:50 PM 4592 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that the baby cradle is out of the way, it’s time for me to get to work on building a crib. Since I still have a bunch of cherry left over from building the entertainment center and coffee table, we decided on a design that utilizes cherry for the frame and maple for the slats and panels.

Melissa and I decided we wanted a 3-in-1 variety so that we can keep using it over many years.

The toddler bed is more or less the crib with a slightly different “foot-board” side.

Finally a double bed can be constructed by removing the shorter sides and replacing them with long rails with cleats to support the slats or box spring.

After talking with my local supplier of hard woods I determined I won’t be able to get the maple I need until the end of June. That’s fine, I have until the end of September to complete this project (longer if you consider the cradle will be used first), so for now I’ll begin to work the cherry for the posts and rails. I should be able to pattern rout and create all the mortises, then simply fit the maple panels to the mortises when I finally get that material come the end of June.

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 08:12 PM

Cool design, Will! I like the idea of being able to morph it into a “big boy/girl” bed.


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