Well ladies n gents, my girlfriend's sister and her husband are pregnant and due in February. I thought a perfect gift for Christmas would be to build them a crib. Angie (my girlfriend) and I have a pretty good idea of the style they would like and I already have some plans drawn up in my head But when it comes to the choice of wood, I need some help. I would like it to be a fine, straight grained and dense wood that takes stain well. I would like to stain it pretty dark, kind of like how mahogany turns out, although I believe mahogany is rather expensive. So yes, price is a bit of a concern. Also what would you guys recommend for a finish? Something that's safe for the baby to chew on with a little bit of shine to it but nothing too crazy.
Sorry if I sound a bit picky, but ANYthing you guys suggest I will take into great consideration. It's been at least a few years (high school woodwoorking) since I've built anything furniture-wise out of wood. So I'm sure I'll be a bit stratchy at first but we'll see how it goes Thanks in advance for anything you can throw at me!