Crib to Bed: What it’s really All About!

No matter what the project, in my opinion the bottom line is the end result!  When it turns out as you planned it to and you’re satisfied with the results that justifies any all of the work and effort you put into it.  Here’s a little slide show to illustrate that point:

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If you’ve been following this blog you know that this project had lots of unknowns going into it.  It wasn’t like other commissions I’ve done where if I made a mistake I could easily get another piece of wood.  My client understood that going in and put their faith in me to complete this.  Delivered it Sunday and the husband and I brought it upstairs to where it belonged — perfect fit under the window for light and a focal point in the room.  They have a really cool antique wooden chair which fits the character of the desk completely.  As you can see by her reaction, she’s happy with her new desk.  The top crib side (writing area) was chosen to highlight her children’s teeth marks!

Gorilla Glue removed easily

Gorilla Glue removed easily

Everything went according to my plans, thanks goodness!  Applying a coat of wax to the sides before reassembling them with Gorilla glue was a wise choice as the foamed out glue simply peeled off without damaging the finish. Although finishing with paints and stains is a usual part of my work the stretchers and apron looked like a decent match.

Stock preparation

Stock preparation

Prior to using the Sherman Williams Pickled White finish, the pieces were prepared with a smooth plane.  You can see the tenons on them, these were taped over during the finish process to protect them from the finish.  Final glue up was done on the top of the tablesaw to keep everything level and square using liquid hide glue.  Again, my choice for longer assembly time and ease of clean up.  Diane helped get this project assembled.

Here’s one last photo of the completed desk.  The garage door isn’t  the most glamourous of backgrounds but it does show the desk off.  The front apron matches the profile of the side legs and the I was able to orient the sides so the mechanism for raising and lowering the crib is on the outside of the left leg.  This one is against the wall when the desk is in its place.  Good project — glad I took it on and they trusted me to do it to their liking!



About woodworksbyjohn

I'm a retired woodshop teacher. I build one of a kind furniture pieces and custom picture frames. You can see some of my currently available work, boxes, carvings through my Etsy store: Contact me about your project -- always up for the challenge of unique work.
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2 Responses to Crib to Bed: What it’s really All About!

  1. Zac Higgins says:

    What an amazing project! I love it when a client lets you loose to just be creative. Great execution John


  2. Thanks Zac, I’ve gotten a couple of really interesting projects lately and will blog them as they develop.


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