How To Build a Crib – Beautiful Maple and Walnut Wood Crib Tutorial

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How To Build a Crib – Beautiful Maple and Walnut Wood Crib Tutorial

How To Build a Crib – Beautiful Maple and Walnut Wood Crib Tutorial

At first thought, building a DIY crib for your youngster might seem like a fairly straightforward, elementary project. Closer examination, however, will have you realize that this is a project that can present as many challenges and as many options for creativity as you’d like – no matter your expertise in the woodworking shop.

Before we begin, be aware that there is a laundry list of federal regulations dictating ‘crib standards’ here in the US, which propose statutes on everything from spindle spacing to vertical impact testing. Complete details of current standards and regulations can be found , and a link to a downloadable .pdf can be found .

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk crib construction. There’s certainly no cut and dry standard when it comes to planning and building a DIY crib – there are literally hundreds of different design options and combinations to choose from. If you’re confident in your carpentry skills, this is a project that can offer you the opportunity to incorporate as much flair and artistry as you’d like.

For our purposes, however, we’ll keep things simple and cover the basic components and framework that is required to build a great crib. From there, feel free to get creative and add subtleties along the way.

How To Build a Crib – Beautiful Maple and Walnut Wood Crib Tutorial

We’ve based our general build plans off of beautifully crafted, simple /maple crib built by master woodworker .

The crib frame consist of four legs and eight rails, joined with mortise and tenon joints. Dowels run vertically, joining the upper and lower rails and providing the crib enclosure. Lastly, support for the mattress will be provided by two beams spanning lengthwise from leg to leg on the inside of the crib.

We recommend choosing and purchasing a mattress as the very first step in building your DIY crib. This allows you to base your general frame dimensions off the size of the mattress you choose, rather than building the crib first, then trying to stuff an ill-fitting mattress inside.

Choosing the lumber stock for your crib will be your first prerogative. As is generally the case, cost will probably be the motivating factor in this decision. Regarding functionality, a quality pine, fir, or cedar will be just as suitable as oak, walnut, maple, or anything else you may desire.

2x4x8 lumber stock – legs and mattress support beams

How To Build a Crib – Beautiful Maple and Walnut Wood Crib Tutorial

3/8” brass rod – mortise/tenon joint pins

In the earlier example of , the front legs are lower than the back, creating angled side rails. While this is a beautiful subtlety, for simplicity we’ll be keeping everything square in this article.

For the legs, cut four 36” pieces from the 2x4x8 stock.

For the rails, you’ll want the lower ones to be slightly wider than the upper ones, to create a nice aesthetic appeal. Saw 3” off the 1x6 stock to make 1x3 upper rails, and saw 1” off to make 1x5 lower rails.

Remember, you’re basing your overall crib dimensions off of the size mattress you’ve chosen, so the length of your rails will be dependent on this.

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