No one ever accused me of being a carpenter but this wasn't that hard. I had never made anything much bigger than a birdhouse before and certainly had never made anything using templates and such. The idea of making 52 exact copies of anyting was very intimidating but the plans and drawings were straight forward enough that I got through it with little problem. The end result speaks for itself.
I made this from cherry, walnut, and curly maple. I modified the plans just a bit and let my creative impulses run a bit. The inset in the headboard is curly maple that I had laser engraved with my grandson's initial. The inlay kit came from rockler and again, even though I had never done anything like this before, it was a snap and looks great. On the ends I did bowtie inlays of walnut and curly maple.
I was a bit worried when it came to installing the hardware but in the end, it all fit as if I knew what I was doing. I finished it with Sam Maloof poly oil and poly wax finishes also from Rockler. The finish literally begs to be touched and feels like silk.
I used some left overs and made a small mission style lamp table and instead of using straight slats, I made smaller versions of the slats on the crib. The effect was terriffic.
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- 04/20/2012 See more...