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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Very impressive - the attention to detail and craftsmanship is superb.

    It must be great knowing you hand built the cot your child is going to sleep in the first few years of their life.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Those curves look great. Very impressive that this is one of your first projects. If your talent and ambition are outstripping your tools, you're doing it right!

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Shop is much too clean....

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    And much too neat and organized.

    Photos must be staged ;-)

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Thank you all for the kind words!

    I'm a bit of a neat/organization freak so I sweep and vacuum after every day or night of work. If I hadn't the day before I'll clean up before I get started for the day as counter intuitive as it sounds.

    Last night I finished up the last miter joint so now it is onto the router table to add the details. Fingers crossed I don't screw it up, the router and I don't get along typically, but I spent some time to build a nice fence to help out.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Progress has been continuing, but very slowly as work has been busy. This weekend I had fully intended to do all of the router work, but when I went to start this morning I found out that my router table had sagged in the middle making my cuts uneven from end-middle-end. I attempted to make a frame and screw it to the bottom of the MDF to level it out but that failed. I ended up scrapping the old top, making a more rigid frame and getting a piece of laminated plywood for the new top. It is now up and running and I was able to get some test slats done. This week I should be able to start knocking them out.

    While I was aggravated with the router table setting me back, I decided to work on selecting a finish. I first tried spraying Transfast Grey dye after prepping the wood, but the colors varied a lot between the greens and the whites in the poplar. It was also more of a black than a grey. I then tried a Minwax Costal Grey stain after some conditioner. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and it produced a really even color between the greens and whites. The finish line is in sight, but lots of little tasks to do yet.



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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Work has been slow as I've been out of town the last few weekends and I really only have an hour or two each night that I can operate power tools without making some neighbors very angry. I got all of the slats sanded, profiled, and then sanded again so they are finally ready for finishing. I need to add the edge profiles on the rails and stiles for the back, but it is sanded as well. Next couple of weekends are busy as well so I'll continue working a couple hours a night as I can.

    Also looking for tips on the Minwax pre stain conditioner. Do you want to apply the stain immediately after? Let it completely dry first and give it a light sanding to knock off the raised grain then stain? Any recommendations?









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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Also looking for tips on the Minwax pre stain conditioner. Do you want to apply the stain immediately after? Let it completely dry first and give it a light sanding to knock off the raised grain then stain? Any recommendations?
    It's an oil based conditioner so there shouldn't be any grain raising. Follow the Minwax instructions for this product: "stain within 2 hours".



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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

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    It's an oil based conditioner so there shouldn't be any grain raising. Follow the Minwax instructions for this product: "stain within 2 hours".
    Thanks! I could have sworn I read the can and didn't see a mention of a time window to stain within. I'll have to look again. Unfortunately I'll still have to raise the grain and sand because the stain is a water based stain.

    I've got all of the major pieces finished at this point. I just have some final sanding to do and then I will begin with prefinishing and glue up. I'm excited to see this thing start taking shape. Tonight I wrapped up the back panels. I'm very happy with how everything is fitting up thus far.









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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    After a few weekends out of town I finally had this whole past weekend to continue working on the crib. It was super productive and I can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. I ended up prefinishing all of the pieces and I'm sure glad that I did. I cannot imagine trying to sand all of the nooks and crannies after the conditioner/grain raising with it assembled. I masked the areas for glue and that worked out very well. As of tonight I have the front and back of the crib glued up. Just a trim piece and top cap left to complete these two. Overall it went together pretty well, there are a few very small gaps I wish I could have closed up a bit more but I was running short on time with the glue. Probably only I will notice them so I'll mark it down as a lesson learned for the future.















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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Man, I really like the finish, the way the grain shows through is awesome.
    Measure twice... cut once... SCREAM LOUDLY... get another board

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim M. View Post
    Man, I really like the finish, the way the grain shows through is awesome.
    Thanks! I'm really happy with how it turned out. It did a great job of evening out the variety of colors in the poplar while still allowing the grain to show through.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    Ditto to both Jim and Bromley's comments.

    Bromley, I assume that you have, or will get, the appropriate hardware, etc recommended by the CPSC?

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    They certainly don't make it easy to find the information on what are "approved fasteners", but searching around the kits that are sold as crib hardware kits are just simple 1/4-20 metal threaded inserts with 1/4-20 low profile socket head screws. I plan to use threaded metal inserts for all of the connections and will use loctite as well to prevent any loosening of the fasteners. I'm open to any recommendations though.

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    Re: Crib Project from Design to Completion - In Progress

    That crib is looking awesome. Great craftsmanship!

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