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    Crib build

    Well I don't know if you remember but a couple of months ago I was asking you guys about finishes for a crib. It's been awhile but I've finally been working on building it. I was able to borrow a mortise attachment from a family member for my drill press. Man did that thing save some time, and accuracy. I finished building both side pieces completely and today I'm going to head down to the basement to work on building the front section. Sorry no pics yet, but I thought I'd leave you waiting anxiously I should be able to post some either tonight or tomorrow sometime

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    sure,, :)

    we have heard that before pics coming tonight or tommrrow,, uh huh you bet oh wait amin i thinki might have said that once my slef well we wil be expecting them as soon as you get them here westley oh if you havent seen IT yet yu better go look its in the flat work section...CALLED "IT"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westley Rosenbaum View Post
    Well I don't know if you remember but a couple of months ago I was asking you guys about finishes for a crib. It's been awhile but I've finally been working on building it. I was able to borrow a mortise attachment from a family member for my drill press. Man did that thing save some time, and accuracy. I finished building both side pieces completely and today I'm going to head down to the basement to work on building the front section. Sorry no pics yet, but I thought I'd leave you waiting anxiously I should be able to post some either tonight or tomorrow sometime
    ya gotta love that mortise attachment. A nice sharp chisel bit cuts through most hardwoods like butter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    we have heard that before pics coming tonight or tommrrow,, uh huh you bet oh wait amin i thinki might have said that once my slef well we wil be expecting them as soon as you get them here westley
    I believe you when you say you've heard that before lol, But really here are some pics and it's only been one day!

    Actually this is my first time trying to put pictures in the middle of my reply (with help from vaughn's pic tutorial!), so forgive me if it's messed up

    This first one is of the frame members of the sides of the crib that will hold the slat style spindles. I do not have a picture of all the mortises cut out in them for the spindles sorry, it did look kinda cool

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    This one is of all the spindles, cut, tenoned, and quarter rounded on all 4 sides ready to go!

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    This next one is the frame of the sides of the crib that will hold spindles. First I clamped them together like so withOUT glue so that I could run the router with a quarter round bit on the inside and not have the spindles get in the way...

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    ...Then unclamped them and took them back apart and it looks like this...

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    Then ran and got myself some slower curing glue to give me time to glue all the little tenons on the spindles and mortises (with angie's help ) and throw everything together as quick as possible, hammer it together (I used blocks don't worry), and clamp it down tight to get this...

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    ...I'd just like to note that I used Titebond's extended glue and the bottle told me I had 30-45min before it would start to set up and there is no way. It set up much quicker than that. Do you guys have any suggestions as to something I could use that would take longer? Like hours or so?

    Anyway, back to the exciting stuff. This next piece is going to be the bottom piece on the front of the crib that will hold the spindles. Used the ole 3 screws and a string trick to create half of an ellipse on the bottom After I mortise for all the spindles I will cut the shape out on my bandsaw...

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    ...results of the string trick...

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    ...and finally from last night, the layout of all the spindle mortises for the top and bottom rails of the front...

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    I didn't get as much done as I would have liked to last night, but since the economy sucks and I'm temporarily laid off again!, I'll have time to work on it today

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    You are well on your way to completing an heirloom. Nicely done.
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    looking good westley,

    i know where you are, i been there with all those spindles.

    smart move routing the frame before putting in the spindles, i woulda have forgotten to do that...

    keep the pics comin

    chris

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    hey westly would you show us the string trick alittle more or explain it further.. from you first shot it looks like a triangle but your line shows ellipse.. thanks
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    Hey thanks very much for the comments guys. Got a little time to work last night, and maybe some more tonight as well.

    Larry, there are actually 3 different ways to layout an ellipse. This one is definintely the quickest, though. I hope I can explain this well enough on here...

    You need to know how wide and how tall (at the center) you want your ellipse, or in this situation just half of an ellipse.

    First you need a major axis, which in my case was just the edge of the board. I wanted my ellipse to end ~2 inches in from each end of the board, so by marking those that gave me a length of the major axis (AB). Mine ended up being 42 1/2" Then you need to mark a centerline between AB. Now on the centerline mark the height you want (in my case 3") the ellipse to be and consider that Point C.

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    Now take half the major axis (21 1/4") and swing it with your tape measure from point C until it crosses the major axis. Do this on both left and right sides and we'll call them points D and E...

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    Points C, D, and E are where you need to put screws (or nails). The screw or nail in point C is temporary, but since it requires you to put a hole in your workpiece, I always make sure that the edge of the screw is just inside my mark. Otherwise if you center the screw on your mark by the time you remove it and cut your shape out you'll have a hole half the diameter of whatever screw you used and that would not look pretty Since this is only half an ellipse, my major axis is the edge of the board so I obviously can't put a screw in points D and E. So all I did was clamp a piece of scrap on each side so I could run a screw in there. The only advantage to screws instead of nails is they are easier to remove without damaging the workpiece. And the advantage of nails to screws is that the sharp edges of the screws might shear the string, but no big deal use whichever u please. Now take a string and tie it to either screw D or E, NOT C since you'll be taking it out in a min. The thinner the string the better, but nothing to weak so maybe like a nylon dry line if you have it would probably work best. After you tie it to either D or E just wrap it around all 3 screws to make a complete triangle and tie it off again to the screw you ended on, which will be the one you started with The green represents the string. Make sure you stretch it as tight as you can amongst the 3 screws...

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    Now remove the screw or nail in point C, keeping screws D and E in the wood with the string attached. Now just grab your pencil and push outward with it against the top half of your string that's attached and it will naturally guide it into an ellipse as you swing it left and right until it lands exactly on your original marks A and B You now have half of an ellipse!

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    To make a full ellipse just simply use the lower half of the string to make a perfect mirror image

    Give it a whirl, they're pretty fun to make and once you get the hang of it you can whip them out in no time. Let me know if you have any questions on that I hope I explained it well enough. Now I have to get working on a crib

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    thanks!

    that was very well explained hadnt seen it done like that before.
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    Larry you are welcome. I try to look for any chance I can to help out on here. You guys have helped me out with a ton on this site with all sorts of stuff, so I'm just trying to help out with whatever I can... which isn't much, I have many years to learn

    Well I've got some more pictures for you guys. Between a little work last night and tonight I got the 2 front posts cut and routered and a lot of the back piece of the crib cut.

    Here are the 2 front posts. I gave them a 1/4" round edge also. I'm pretty much going to give everything a rounded edge actually, don't want the baby bumping their head on anything or getting any slivers! I stopped the routered edge at 2-3/4" from the end which is how tall the base molding is that I'm wrapping around the bottom of the posts. Nothing too fancy just some short standard colonial base to give it a little touch (pic shown)...

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    For the back section of the crib I am building well I guess you would call it a panel system? Pretty much building like what a raised panel door in your house would look like. Except I don't have a raised panel bit set or a router to even handle something like that (yet ). So I'm just going to fit in some 1/2" MDF panels and then border it with some cove trim I picked up.

    Here are pics of the side stiles (I think that's what you'd call them?) for the back panel system. These will also end up being the 2 rear legs that hold the crib up. I stopped the saw blade where the bottom rail will connect to it so that you will not see any of the groove that's cut out. Then I chiseled out the rest. Boy a Dado blade would have been nice here! I actually bought one for my brother-in-law for Christmas, do you think he'd notice if it was slightly used? ...

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    Then I finished cutting the rest of the parts for the back system and cleaned up any little remains with a chisel...

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    Here's a look at what the back system will look like and the cove molding that will wrap around the panels once it's all glued together

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    Thanks for lookin!

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