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Make your own Crib
4 Years, 10 Months ago
I'm new to the whole dad thing, but after looking at a bunch of cribs, I decided to build my own. It turned out really well and is quite sturdy. If you've got a router, table saw, & a router table... you can easily make your own.

katietillman.myshowit.com/crib/index.html

I'm pretty proud of it. My wife did the slideshow and did an unbelievable job with it. You'll notice half way through the slide show that the crib is together and then it's in pieces again... first time I made it, I made it 2" too wide and 2" too long. The mattress springs wouldn't fit. I suggested we just get a custom made mattress that would be cheaper than the ones at Babie's R Us anyway... my wife's respons:

"Cheaper? Are they good mattresses? What about SIDS?"

Me: "SIDS? What's SIDS?"
Wife: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome."

Without a word, I proceeded into the garage where I cut the bed up with a skil saw (it's the equivilant of taking a hatchet to a Van Gogh). Needless to say, it only set me back about a week. All said and told, you can build this after work in about 3 weeks. I did... & I'm new to woodworking. It's something that will be in your family forever.
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Re:Make your own Crib
4 Years, 10 Months ago
Looks really good. I have the tools and the skills. Thanks for the motivation.
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Re:Make your own Crib
4 Years, 10 Months ago
That's amazing. I'm going to use this on the live show today. Did you see the crib the mom made in the first episode of "Real World Cribs?"

Several of the commenters on that video worried about the safety of making a crib. Did you so any research on safety specs?
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Re:Make your own Crib
4 Years, 10 Months ago
I did a bunch of research on the safety aspects of the crib. That's part of the reason it was made too wide and too long the first time. The federal specs state that the standard crib mattress size is 52" long and 28" wide. In reality, the mattresses are smaller than that and if you build the interior to that size, it will be too big. I didn't use drop down sides so those safety specs don't come into play. The other big one is the gap in between the slats can be no more than 2 3/8" wide. here are the regulations...


--The adjustable rails should be at least 26 inches above the mattress at its highest and 9 inches at its lowest level.
--The slats and spindles should not be more than 2⅜ inches apart.
--The hardware should not have any sharp edges which may pinch or bruise the baby in any way.
--The locking device must be able to withstand a pressure of at least 10 pounds of force for release.
--The use of wooden screws is restricted.
--The construction/finishing of the wood surfaces should not have splinters, cracks or other defects.
--All decorative openings should keep in mind that the baby’s head or neck does not get entrapped in them.
--Assembly instructions and labeling details must always accompany the product.

Cribs that do not match these requirements are banned as hazardous substances under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, 15 U.S.C. 1261(q) (1) (A).

I ordered the mattress springs and brackets to attach from a company that produces most of the springs for crib manufacturers in the US.

The finish I used on the crib is a non-toxic finish that is used for salad bowls and gave the wood a great look. I designed the whole thing on google sketchup (a CAD program that is available for free) and I can send you a link to the plans. It was a lot of fun to do and really didn't take all that much effort... just a LOT of clamps!
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Re:Make your own Crib
4 Years, 10 Months ago
Here's a link to the company I got the mattress springs from...

www.productsamerica.com/mattressspring.html
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Re: Make your own Crib
4 Years, 10 Months ago
Super idea. It's a great way to get exactly what you want out of a crib too!
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Re:Make your own Crib
4 Years, 6 Months ago
I just finished making a crib for our newborn baby boy. It was very rewarding, but in the end I wonder about how much financial sense it made. After buying the rough sawn black walnut ($300), the plans and hardware ($80 or so), a square chisel Morris machine (because it was an excuse to get one at $300), multiple trips to home depot for extra sandpaper, glue, tac cloth, rags (guessing $50), replacing the blades on my friends jointer from the staple in the lumber ($45), 2 pounds of shellac flakes ($40), it adds up. Then there is the 100 hours is took.

But boy was it worth it. Now I am looking for another project!

If you want to see the project and process:

www.marcandkatie.org/2010/04/crib-pictur...m-raw-lumber-to.html
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Re:Make your own Crib
4 Years, 6 Months ago
Both of you guys did a great job on those cribs! Kinda gives me the itch to do that again.

Mpfenninger I completely agree with the cost thing. I've ended up with at least one extra trip to Home Depot with every project I've ever done. Also my projects always end up costing twice as much of what I estimated at the start.
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Re:Make your own Crib
4 Years, 2 Months ago
Hey, where did you get your blueprints from?
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Re:Make your own Crib
3 Years, 5 Months ago
hey i know this is late but im trying to build a crib right now and the two things i cannot find out is 1. how tall did you make the sides of the crib and 2. how wide are the slates in the sides i know the distance between them i just dont know how wide they actually are
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Re:Make your own Crib
3 Years ago
FInding the suit baby cribs is one important things you should know. Before you buy cribs, better you find some article to learn about it. Today you can find the tips how to select cribs that suit your needs.
Last Edit: 2011/12/24 04:30 By concretin_nik.
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Re:Make your own Crib
2 Years, 10 Months ago
Its probably to late to reply to this, but here is some info I posted on our blog about the governments safety recommendations. I spent some time looking at these before I made my crib. They may have updated these as they recently banned the sale of cribs with sliding fronts due to safety issues.

MP
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Re:Make your own Crib
1 Year, 3 Months ago
Hey all! I am a new member to this forum and just found out about a month ago I will become a dad. I have been looking at all types of cribs at the Super stores as well as on line and figured, (like every other dad), "I can do better". And so i have started to build my own crib. Not only am I new to being a father, I am new to woodworking, so wish me luck! haha. Deff. a big task I'm biting off, trust me, I know. I will post pics and what not if anyone is still on this thread. Let me know!
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