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.