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Offline JimD

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Crib for latest grandson
« on: December 10, 2019, 08:27 PM »
My son and daughter in law had their first child and my third grand child on November 6.  I got him a changing table/dresser and this crib before his birth.    The mortises were cut with my Domino XL.  The plans called for making the legs of three pieces with the inner layer the same thickness as the maple plywood rails so you can form the mortise by just leaving out material in the inner layer.  Instead, I cut slot mortises 14mm wide with the xl and shaved a little the plywood sides to get the 19mm plywood to 14mm wide.  It was simple and made a very strong joint.  The finish is white Resisthane.  I hated to paint maple but that is what my daughter in law wanted. 
« Last Edit: December 10, 2019, 08:30 PM by JimD »

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Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Crib for latest grandson
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2019, 08:57 PM »
Beautiful job !!  I  do like the finish very much and totally understand not wanting to paint maple, however this project turned out perfectly.

I really like how solid it looks and the absence of moving / drop down sides provides a security level that is un-compromised.

Once the little one is old enough to become an escape artist, just make an accessory ladder to help them get back in once they've escaped  [big grin]

I really like the arched rear section which contrasts so well with the front section. This build was not a simple process looking at the design. 
« Last Edit: December 10, 2019, 09:04 PM by Dick Mahany »

Offline ultane

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Re: Crib for latest grandson
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2019, 10:51 PM »
Great job! Where’s the like button?
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Crib for latest grandson
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2019, 11:10 PM »
Nice work look great

Offline JimD

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Re: Crib for latest grandson
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2019, 11:47 AM »
Thanks.  The arched top was made by glueing up a lamination on a form.  I had some left over 2x12s from a dock project that had been setting around a long time so they were dry.  The plans (from Wood magazine) called for 3 1/4 inch pieces but I used two 3/8 inch pieces.  I probably got more spring back that way but I think it came out fine. 

The platform adjusts up and down but not the "old" way cribs used to work.  It is suspended by short pieces of flat stock and attaches with bolts at each end.  There are threaded inserts on the legs.

I will make a different front piece when Calvin gets a couple years old so it will convert to a toddler bed.  Later, the original front and back can be the ends of a double bed. 

I did not strictly follow the Wood plans and if I ever build another one I WILL NOT use the barrel or cross bolts it calls for.  They work but putting it together this was is beyond tedious.  It could have just had threaded inserts at those connections too.  Live and learn.  On the other hand, the way you put in the slats is slick and I used it more recently on a bed.  You just make a 3/8 deep dado along the pieces and then tilt the slats into space and insert spacer blocks to keep them in place.  You have to put the last half dozen in at once to have space but it works and is the easiest way I've seen to do this.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Crib for latest grandson
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2019, 12:03 PM »
Nice job.  [smile]   I also like the arched rear section.  Those straps that support the platform are made from aluminum flat I presume? It's a nice simple method for height adjustment.

Offline JimD

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Re: Crib for latest grandson
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2019, 05:56 PM »
They are steel but could be aluminum.  Little 1/4 bolts screw into threaded inserts in the legs.  I painted the steel flat stock (3/4 inch wide by 1/8 thick) white with the resisthane.