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    First Project Thread, First Child - Oak Crib

    This is a crib I recently completed for the upcoming arrival of our first child. It is made of solid oak, with mortise and tenon joinery for the rails and steam bent lumber for the hand rails. I added the initial to one of the raised panels using a shop made router template, and joined the sides to the headboard & footboard with Rockler bed frame hardware so that it can be easily disassembled.
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    That's nice work Dan,I'm not a fan of red oak but you did a great job swaying me.I like the opposing curves on the front and back nice rich color too.Thanks for sharing.Aj

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    Welcome to SMC, congrats on your first child, and beautiful job on the crib. I love the curves and the finish you achieved.
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    Boy Dan! Talk about walking and making a big splash at the Creek!

    Welcome aboard!

    Congratulations on the upcoming new family member!

    Great crib! Instant heirloom!
    Ken

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    That's really nice!

    Of course, now you're bound to giving your next child a name that starts with "K"
    I love that steam bending rig. Are you using a turkey fryer?

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    Is the mattress height is adjustable? It won't be long before the newborn is standing up in the crib and you will need to lower the mattress to prevent he/she from falling out of the crib.

    Beautiful job on the crib and your design and welcome to The Creek Dan.
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    Oh yeah! That's good stuff! Red oak has its place and you've found a perfect one.

    Glad to have you with us on SMC.
    Mike Null

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    Nice work Dan! I was immediately struck by the design - really like it!

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    Very nicely done - might use a similar look for an upcoming project. (I know the OP hasn't been on since posting this)

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    how did you do the adjusting mattress height?

    great project. Hope we see you around often.

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    Very, very nice design and execution! Be proud and welcome to the Creek.

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    It almost looks like you could disassemble and use the back for a headboard on a child-size bed when the crib is outgrown. Maybe that was your intent?

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    Lovely result, very substantial. Drop front cribs are out of fashion my daughter tells me!
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