Assembly was pretty straight forward, just time consuming as I had to drill out the remaining threaded inserts into the posts and make sure all the parts lined up just right. OK, perhaps I’m glossing over the details just a tad. The front and back of the crib are 1” thick, but the threaded inserts I bought from Rockler were 1 1/4” long. Oops! They also required a very rare drill bit size I had to order online from some no-name supplier from Brooklyn. Once I had the bit in hand I drilled the apprpriate sized hole through a piece of 1” thick cherry scrap. Using bees wax I tapped the hole and threaded the insert deep so that ~3/8” came out the back end. I put the fixture into a vice and using a hack-saw removed the last 3/8” of the threaded insert. With the help of my wife and a pair of roller stands I then drilled the the ~7/8” holes in the posts, then used the drill press to tap the holes at exactly 90 degrees. Despite being 39 weeks pregnant my wife was instrumental in helping me with these steps and the final assembly.
At last we could finally see assembled crib in its various forms.