It took a while, but it’s finished! The hardware went on pretty easily and final assembly only took about an hour.
For those of you who are coming in late, quite a while ago I decided to build a crib for Ginny, my new daughter. I ended up building a matching changing table first. Both were built “from scratch”, using the crib plans as a guide for the changing table. I bought a hardware kit for the crib, as making the slid hardware and box spring would be pretty tough.
While the project was fun, there was also a bit of pressure and now it’s really nice to have it done 8–)
For anyone considering building the same project, using the same plans:
- I did individual mortise and tenon joints for the slats instead of the slot & filler block approach they suggested. I thought it would be much easier to assemble, and I think I was right. However, it takes a long time to make all the mortise and tenons. I think it’s much more work to do it my way, but I have a real fear of complicated glue-ups.
- The instructions don’t include how to install the hardware, although figuring it out from the plans is not too difficult. The only thing I would do differently is to install the threaded inserts in the legs while the legs are unassembled. Use a drill press (turned off) to align them properly and help with the installation. I waited until after they were assembled, and installation resulted in some splintering.
- I used General Finishes wipe-on polyurethane as a finish, which is non-toxic when cured. It worked out pretty well. I put two coats on the pieces before they were assembled, and the rest in sub-assemblies. Then, during final assembly, there was no need to worry about glue squeeze-out – it just pops off after it’s cured.
- Everyone wants to know if building it myself saved money. Usually, building your own furniture, like shooting your own meat, is NOT the cheap way to go. It’s not that you waste money, exactly, it’s that between new tools and the increased quality of materials it just ends up being more expensive. In this case I spent about $300 on wood, $140 on the plans and hardware kit, and perhaps another $50 on incidentals and finishing. This yielded the crib and changing table, of quality equal to or better to what we’ve seen at Pottery Barn Kids and other stores. Figure my $490 vs. about $900 to buy them. That assumes I don’t get paid, which is ok – I did it for fun. I also didn’t have to get any new tools, although a new router mysteriously showed up in the middle somewhere.