I was able to get all the wood pieces assembled for my grandson Aiden's crib, and thought I'd do a mock up with clamps and share with you all.
Aiden's mom and dad saw a crib at BabiesRUs that they liked and wanted to buy....being the woodworker that I am trying to be, I thought I'd like to build it. The one at the store was cheaply built anyway and I thought I could do a better job, at least it would be made with real wood throughout.
So my son and I started making the crib a few hours at night after work, and slowly it began to look like something. First we made the headboard, which is frame and raised panel construction....that proved to be a challenge at glue up and clamping time.
The crib will eventually be used as a bed when Aiden gets older...simply remove the two short pieces and add a long piece the length of the mattress.
The material is all Red Oak, and there is a couple of things I had not done before to make this crib/bed. This was my first stab at making mortise and tenons. All the spindles are made using that approach, and I am happy with the results as well as picking up a new skill. This was also a first for me in using a scraper to smooth the flat pieces.
I'll post more pics as it gets closer to done, and then one with Aiden in it. Some of you know that when I make something, there is always a piece of Ash in the project...this one is no different. Although mommy and daddy made a "Ash" (Aiden) I could say that would be the "Ash" in the crib....but I didn't put it there, so I put Ash plugs in the top pieces of the headboard and the footboard. They don't show up in these pics, but I'll make sure to show them later on.
As always, Thanks for looking!