Okay...this is once again an-outside-the-box-type-reply, so don't beat me up, but I was thinking, what happened if you nixed the whole standard crib design and went with a corner crib?
This would give you a longer opening, and allow the wheelchair to be placed close to the crib without outriggers. At the same time, you could still use a sliding door type system like you designed. With the crib angled across the front, it might make for more room with a mom in a wheelchair.
The picture shows a curved front, but you might not need that. If youwentwith a straight section instead, and used a slider that goes from port to starboard instead of up and down, you might get the room you would need?
One last thing. What an honor you have ahead of you. To build a crib for a child is a true accomplishment for a woodworker. To design and build a crib for a mother to be with disabilities is truly special unto its own. I wish you all the best of luck, in the design and project build itself.
As I said, don't beat me up...just thinking outloud.
Last edited by Travis Johnson; 02-08-2008 at 09:23 PM.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"