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    Building a crib

    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!

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    Westley, I've seen your work on this site and know you will do a good job. Not sure if you saw this post, but Dewayne Baker has made a crib that is absolutely beautiful.

    I'm a turner, so no flat work advice from me except to build it with a child's safety as your number one goal. Slat spacing, finishes, etc. are very important. Take time to study the rules.

    Oh, and best wishes.



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    Built one from black walnut & birdseye maple which was a big hit.
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    Westley, did you mean a crib (like this), or a cradle (like this)?

    If you're making a crib, you might consider making it so it's convertible into a twin bed as the baby grows up.

    Here's a crib Jerry Strojny built:

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=2012

    And here's one by Chris Mire:

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=3586

    Here's a short discussion on crib finishes:

    http://www.familywoodworking.org/for...ad.php?p=61117

    Sounds like a fun project to get your woodworking chops back with.
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    And...the one Steve Ash built for his grandson!

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...highlight=crib

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    I'd avoid any stains, and just go with the natural wood, and Shellac, as it it completely food safe and it is easily fixed.

    Good luck!
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    I agree on the stain suggestion, but any finish is food safe after it has cured. Shellac is repairable, but it's not as durable as other finishes. I think I'd lean toward something like USL. It's also repairable, but more durable.
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    Well thanks for all of the replies everyone. Vaughn, I was speaking of a crib, not a cradle. But those cradles sure are beautiful. Why do you guys not suggest staining? If that were the case, what wood would you recommend for such a dark color? I'm hoping to find something that has a subtle grain to it. One that doesn't really pop out like oak. Vaughn I will definitely check into that finish when the time gets closer. My uncle has a spray gun so it shouldn't be a problem.

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    Cribs

    I have built several cribs both in full size and doll size. I used white ash. I like to have a dark brown chocolatey finish. I make my own stain. I take ordinary black roofing cement and mix it with mineral spirits. Stir it well and let it settle, a lot of thick stuff settles out. I then strain it thru an old t-shirt several times.
    It comes out to a dark walnut color. Several coats of poly and it comes out beautiful.

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    Hey everyone! Sorry it's been so long since I've been on here. Been doing a lot of 3rd shift work remodeling Mcdonald's in the area for their new mccafe coffee, so I haven't had much time to do anything but work and sleep lol. But enough of the boring talk, I finally ordered some things such as a rodless crib kit from Rockler and the fastener kit for it. I also drew up some rough plans and did some figuring for the wood I need so I will be picking that up tomorrow! My girlfriend's sister wants a white crib so that means I get to spend a little less and buy poplar Sorry no pics yet, but maybe I can take some and post them within the next couple of days.

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