Special Crib

Some years ago…March, 2013
Judy's best friends' daughter has been in a wheel-chair most of her life.
Last year she had a baby.
Being in a wheel-chair presents all manner of special requirements for the baby's crib.
I was asked to customize a 30-year old drop-side crib.
When I assembled it to test the mechanisms, the front side gave out and fell completely apart .
Instead of customizing the drop-side, I built a new crib from scratch.
This crib is built to the mom's specific requirements and will convert to a toddler bed when he's big enough to be out of a crib.

It's made of Ribbon Sapelle and maple, mostly Tiger maple.
The rail/leg joinery is mortise and tenon, the doors are mortise and tenon construction with floating tenons for the slats.
The ends and back side use stub tenons in a groove with spacers between the slats.
The finish is home-brew dewaxed shellac followed by Cabot's Semi-gloss Polyurethane which my wife did.
It's her first time finishing a project and the maple really threw her a curve.
As she saw the stripes, she thought she'd created all manner of runs!

The first photo is Alyssa, the second, third and fourth show the grain and the finisher-my wife Judy. <- Ain’t she lovely. 😉
The fiifth and sixth are TJ, mom Alyssa and grandma.

The Google photo album with roughly 60 photos documenting the build is here…
(hope this link works):

Thanks for your feedback.


wow, thats damn cool !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Really nicely done. Creative craftsmanship at its finest…

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Cools design gazza.

Those bars remind me of my youth... and not the toddler era.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Excellent, design is great as is the workmanship.    The need was met big time.   
Yes she is.  


That’s great. Love the story. I guess Judy’s friend didn’t spend all that time in the wheel chair after all. Good for her. 

James McIntyre

Hi y’all; thanks for the nice comments.
The woman in the wheelchair is the mom. Her mom, grandma , is also there. Alyssa will always be wheelchair bound.
She’s a wonderful church musician with a voice like an angel.
Make your heart swell!  Wonderful thing you did here!  Not only that but great design and craftsmanship.
That is really awesome.  Well done.
Gary I get it now. Alyssa had the baby and will always be in the wheelchair. Do I have it right?

Your a good man to build something like that and share your talents with someone in need. 

James McIntyre

Well thought out and beautifully crafted!

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

A great and generous gift.  Like the maple's grain.   

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

That is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship, and you made it better for the cause. You are a saint Gary.

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