awhile back i was asking questions in the finishing forum about safe finishes for a crib i was making for my lil man who is on the way. well after some thought and research i decided to just stick with a finish i know, minwax satin poly, their website claims all their finished are non toxic, and mommy promised to whip some tush if he tried to take a taste of the bed anyway.
so after 2 coats of an olympic oil based stain "mocha brown" we had the coverage we wanted, really dark and i preceded to apply 3 coats of the satin rubbing with 0000 steel wool between coats. it came out pretty good, mommy is very happy and that is the most important thing.
it's a little different than most cribs, it has a modern feel which we like and it has an integrated bookcase on one side.
I used alder and 3/4 alder ply. the rails are mortise and tenons done with the delta mortising attachment for my drill press. which was interesting because I had to move the table of the bench top drill press out of the way to be able to get the rails under the bit. took a little figuring and thankfully only a one time setup.
everything else was put together with biscuits and lots of glue. the side opposite of the bookcase is actually two panels of 13/16" alder rails and stiles with a 3/4" ply panel, tongue and groove construction. i wanted it to look thick but not have the weight of solid wood that size.
anyway, enough babbling, here it is.
i am now working on an armoire and changing table with hutch to go with them. hoping to be in the finishing stage this weekend. fingers crossed.
thanks for looking