I wasn’t so diligent in my picture taking during the home stretch, but the crib is done and moved into the nursery. This weekend we hung some decorations and configured the furniture as best we could in the 8×8 ft room. It’s tight, but everything fits and I think it makes for a nice and cozy post-womb experience.
We last left off with the front and back of the crib complete and the next tasks to build the sides, apply finish, make and adjustable-height mattress platform, and figure out how to bolt it all together. The sides are constructed much the same as the front and back — curly maple slats which are held in grooves in the cherry frame. Here’s a picture of plowing the groves to hold the slats:
After assembly I needed to trim the sides down to provide a snug fit for the mattress.
Then finish is applied to the whole thing. The maple has a base coat of boiled linseed oil to bring out the grain, then several coats of bleached shellac gives it a thin finish with a little sheen. The cherry parts are finished only with garnet shellac to enhance the contrast between the two woods. All this is about as non-toxic as it gets so the munchkin can chew away on it to it’s hearts content.
The whole thing is assembled so that the sides can come off and be replaced with full size bed rails, converting it into a double bed. That way all this hard work doesn’t have to go into attic storage once baby out grows the crib.
Tuesday marks 36 weeks for Cheri and she is getting along great. Still riding her bike and hiking the trails. Most of her wardrobe is packed away for safe keeping…