When I was asked to make a crib for my best friend’s expectant daughter, I immediately started dreaming of splayed dovetails and arts and crafts design elements. This was not to be. She wanted it as simple as the one she found here on Instructables.
I have no problem with these very basic projects. In fact, I like them very much for the simple reason that I love woodworking. I don’t need to be challenged on every project. It’s the love of shaping wood that drives me, not the end result.
My crib is just a bit different than the one that inspired it. I changed the structure underneath and I added some gentle curves around the top edge. More important, I improved the overall joinery. The sides have a shallow rabbet to receive the back, and all three sides have a rabbet on the bottom edge to receive the plywood. Upgrading the joinery from butt joints to rabbet joints makes the structure much more solid.
The trim piece in the front was my indulgence.
Here’s the video:
And a few pictures:
Now the crib is off to be painted. I’ll post finished pictures when it’s done.