Building a crib (work in progress)

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Well, today I finally completed an important step - I finished the basic frame for my crib. Not sure how long ago I started - maybe a year ago? - with plenty of periods when I didn't manage to get any work done. I've been using 100% recycled timber, and some of it is pretty crooked, which presents additional challenges. Drilling the holes and screwing the pieces together was only a couple of hours work, but I've spent countless hours sanding, priming, painting and varnishing the individual pieces. I decided not to fill in any dents, scratches, knots, scrapes etc., to preserve some of the original character of the wood..

I'll be adding updates as I make further progress. It should become easier now, as I made the base high enough to fit a lot of the storage boxes underneath that I've been keeping most of my belongings in. They've been taking up a lot of space, so that I've been spending a lot of my energy on constantly moving things around.


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Very nice. I plan on designing and building mine soon, hopefully in the next few months.
 
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I've been very busy, as I want the current phase of my project finished before my birthday on Friday. That means I need to finish varnishing two long pieces tonight which will prevent the mattress from slipping off sideways, and which will serve as attachment points for some more vertical posts to separate both sides into three segments.

The back side will have three equals segments, and the middle segment of the front side will be wider to accommodate some kind of door (still need to figure out whether hinged or sliding). Each segment (apart from the door) then be divided into top and bottom parts at different heights. The bottom parts will consist of solid MDF or plywood (painted in the same shade of pink, of course), and the top parts will consist of vertical bars.

These short pieces will separate the headboard and footboard into top and bottom segments.

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And here are the longer pieces in my (very messy) kitchen. I'm just waiting for them to dry so I can flip them over and paint the other side with clear glossy PU varnish.


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Tomorrow I'll need to saw four vertical posts (~1.20m each), and sand each one with 60, 120 & 220 grit sandpaper so that they are ready for priming in the evening. That means around 4.5 hours of sanding in the afternoon. If I manage that, I should have the current stage ready by Friday.
 
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look rely good :D
 
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Some unexpected delays. But as they say in German: "aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben" (postponed doesn't mean cancelled).

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It's taken me far more time than expected to carry on with my project. There was just too much clutter and not enough space. But a few weeks ago I finally decided to sort out my whole flat, which was the only way to get anything done. Since then I have been constantly moving stuff around (and in the process I've been tidying up cupboards, boxes and bin liners with my belongings) while I've been painting my walls and ceilings, repairing damaged plaster, cleaning, painting door frames and skirting boards, decluttering, and so on. And I'm finally getting on with my woodworking, which also means less piles of recycled timber taking up space.

This is how far I got this week, and now I've got two days to enjoy the weekend before I can make noise again (sanding, drilling sawing, etc.) and continue working on my Princess Bed ™. By this time next week it should be a lot more complete.

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BTW I applied far too much clear gloss varnish, and it made most of the pink paint go brown. So I'm going to sand it down again and paint it in a white gloss paint instead. A white crib seems more babyish anyway - I assume that's because I've seen far more pictures of white cribs than pink ones.
 
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PooMinara said:
Well, today I finally completed an important step - I finished the basic frame for my crib. Not sure how long ago I started - maybe a year ago? - with plenty of periods when I didn't manage to get any work done. I've been using 100% recycled timber, and some of it is pretty crooked, which presents additional challenges. Drilling the holes and screwing the pieces together was only a couple of hours work, but I've spent countless hours sanding, priming, painting and varnishing the individual pieces. I decided not to fill in any dents, scratches, knots, scrapes etc., to preserve some of the original character of the wood..

I'll be adding updates as I make further progress. It should become easier now, as I made the base high enough to fit a lot of the storage boxes underneath that I've been keeping most of my belongings in. They've been taking up a lot of space, so that I've been spending a lot of my energy on constantly moving things around.


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Shouldn't have socket by a baby crib 😂
 
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AComputerGuy said:
Shouldn't have socket by a baby crib 😂

Don't worry, anything electrical won't be reachable from the crib, including the pink LED lights that will be mounted behind it! :)
 
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I've been very busy, as I want the current phase of my project finished before my birthday on Friday. That means I need to finish varnishing two long pieces tonight which will prevent the mattress from slipping off sideways, and which will serve as attachment points for some more vertical posts to separate both sides into three segments.

The back side will have three equals segments, and the middle segment of the front side will be wider to accommodate some kind of door (still need to figure out whether hinged or sliding). Each segment (apart from the door) then be divided into top and bottom parts at different heights. The bottom parts will consist of solid MDF or plywood (painted in the same shade of pink, of course), and the top parts will consist of vertical bars.

These short pieces will separate the headboard and footboard into top and bottom segments.

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And here are the longer pieces in my (very messy) kitchen. I'm just waiting for them to dry so I can flip them over and paint the other side with clear glossy PU varnish.


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Tomorrow I'll need to saw four vertical posts (~1.20m each), and sand each one with 60, 120 & 220 grit sandpaper so that they are ready for priming in the evening. That means around 4.5 hours of sanding in the afternoon. If I manage that, I should have the current stage ready by Friday.
Vacuum cleaner looks like the ones on Royal Caribbean cruises but they say "Henry"
 
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Vacuum cleaner looks like the ones on Royal Caribbean cruises but they say "Henry"

Henry (the orange one) is the standard model, but there's also Hetty, Charles, James, Harry, Henry Allergy and so on (and different-sized models too).

Full range of Henry models

I've actually had tons of ideas, for example I've finally worked out how the front will open (just working on the final details). I've also decided that the footboard won't be permanently attached to the frame, as it's the easiest way to remove the mattress (and the slat frame if I decide to replace it with a better one at some point). So I'm going to secure the board with some pins that can be locked on the outside. Maybe I could use some bolts that are thick enough so I can drill a hole in them that a padlock can be passed through..
 
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PooMinara said:
Well, today I finally completed an important step - I finished the basic frame for my crib. Not sure how long ago I started - maybe a year ago? - with plenty of periods when I didn't manage to get any work done. I've been using 100% recycled timber, and some of it is pretty crooked, which presents additional challenges. Drilling the holes and screwing the pieces together was only a couple of hours work, but I've spent countless hours sanding, priming, painting and varnishing the individual pieces. I decided not to fill in any dents, scratches, knots, scrapes etc., to preserve some of the original character of the wood..

I'll be adding updates as I make further progress. It should become easier now, as I made the base high enough to fit a lot of the storage boxes underneath that I've been keeping most of my belongings in. They've been taking up a lot of space, so that I've been spending a lot of my energy on constantly moving things around.


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look great looking forward to seeing if completed thanks for sharing
 
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Joeysms said:
look great looking forward to seeing if completed thanks for sharing

After the weekend is over I will have completed a month of intensel daily refurbishment work to get my flat in order and finally convert it into my dream nursery, so I'll be posting an update in five days time. Most of the time has been spent repairing damaged walls. Using them for experimental artistic purposes (by creating textures with paper maché mixed with PVA glue) wasn't the great idea that it seemed at the time. But even the most badly damaged wall only needed three applications of filler (+sanding) to become perfectly smooth again. Apparently any surface over 0.5 sqm is easier to plaster (and probably cheaper too) than smoothing out with filler, but I haven't had the necessary motivation to learn a new skill and buy the tools that I'd need. The main thing is that I''m happy with the end result.

Obviously I'm also pleased that I've been able to set some time aside for woodworking. Besides my crib being much closer to completion, I've also been able to sort out all my belongings (many which were just randomly stored in boxes and bin liners), I've got some order into my piles of timber (and cleared space by using some of it), I'm still working on completing a guest bed, I've done plenty of decluttering, and I've also been sanding and priming my other furniture so it can be painted white and fit in with the rest of the decor. Same with the wooden door frames and skirting boards - which probably used to be white at some point, but which have yellowed really badly over the decades since (I assume) they were last painted. I've also repaired plenty of damage to the wood.

Just going to finish priming two drawers, then I'll call it a day and get to bed for an early start tomorrow - any noisy DIY work will have to be finished by Friday 6pm, so I'll need to use my time carefully!
 
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After the weekend is over I will have completed a month of intensel daily refurbishment work to get my flat in order and finally convert it into my dream nursery, so I'll be posting an update in five days time. Most of the time has been spent repairing damaged walls. Using them for experimental artistic purposes (by creating textures with paper maché mixed with PVA glue) wasn't the great idea that it seemed at the time. But even the most badly damaged wall only needed three applications of filler (+sanding) to become perfectly smooth again. Apparently any surface over 0.5 sqm is easier to plaster (and probably cheaper too) than smoothing out with filler, but I haven't had the necessary motivation to learn a new skill and buy the tools that I'd need. The main thing is that I''m happy with the end result.

Obviously I'm also pleased that I've been able to set some time aside for woodworking. Besides my crib being much closer to completion, I've also been able to sort out all my belongings (many which were just randomly stored in boxes and bin liners), I've got some order into my piles of timber (and cleared space by using some of it), I'm still working on completing a guest bed, I've done plenty of decluttering, and I've also been sanding and priming my other furniture so it can be painted white and fit in with the rest of the decor. Same with the wooden door frames and skirting boards - which probably used to be white at some point, but which have yellowed really badly over the decades since (I assume) they were last painted. I've also repaired plenty of damage to the wood.

Just going to finish priming two drawers, then I'll call it a day and get to bed for an early start tomorrow - any noisy DIY work will have to be finished by Friday 6pm, so I'll need to use my time carefully!
sounds like you have a lot going on with your new flat. a lot of work but in the end you are making it your own. that is what my wife and i did we purchased a diamond in the ruff and over the years tackled projects from redoing the inside and outside of our home. when you start it all seems somewhat overwhelming but that warm feeling once completed. when our daughter moved out off to college her room kind of stayed untouched for a bit somewhat of a storage area. i was away on a trip when i returned home my wife had created this entire nursery for me. the crib was use special needs that she had refurbished. it was quite a surprise with much work and love going into it. we have also found the bins are great for organizing and storage. i think you will create an amazing nursery and flat space unique to you. thanks for sharing
 
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That sounds great, congrats to you and your wife! I've always known how much it would contribute towards my wellbeing if I was able to live in a clean and tidy home, and more recently how important it is to follow my dreams and create everything in my own personal style and according to my needs. The difficult part was figuring out how to start. And even after I had started, everything seemed like such a hassle due to the lack of space. Just sawing a single wooden post or two meant having to find space to set up the sawhorses, move stuff somewhere else where it would be in the way, and manoeuvre around everything for days while the pieces were being sanded, primed, painted and varnished. It's like one of those sliding puzzles that have an empty square, except that I seem to have finally created a second empty square to move the other pieces into, which is now making work considerably easier!

Now I just need to screw in two more side panels (which I can do today, as it's not noisy work), and I want to paint the wall behind it for more photogenicity before I take a picture and post an update,
 
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I've always wanted to build a crib for myself along with other babyish furniture. One of the questions that always stops me is how can I build it so it can easily be broken down/ folded up. Guests get nosy wandering through your house looking for bathroom and happen to come across your "lil space room." How do you keep that type of space secret from loved ones? Are people building these rooms to be a locked secret room in the house? Or are they building furniture to bust out on special occasions? Love to hear your thoughts.
 
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I've always wanted to build a crib for myself along with other babyish furniture. One of the questions that always stops me is how can I build it so it can easily be broken down/ folded up. Guests get nosy wandering through your house looking for bathroom and happen to come across your "lil space room." How do you keep that type of space secret from loved ones? Are people building these rooms to be a locked secret room in the house? Or are they building furniture to bust out on special occasions? Love to hear your thoughts.

For me the answer is simple - I don't become friends with people who have - or might have - an issue with my lifestyle. And if tradespeople come in here and see how I live, so what. It's my life, and I do what makes me happy. I wasn't born into this world so I can cater to random people's expectations of me. In a couple of weeks I need to have one of my windows repaired but I'm not bothered, as anyone who's been in here has been nothing but professional. I live in a council home, and all employees of contractors that work for the council receive diversity training as part of their job. So in that respect it's business as usual.
 
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For me the answer is simple - I don't become friends with people who have - or might have - an issue with my lifestyle. And if tradespeople come in here and see how I live, so what. It's my life, and I do what makes me happy. I wasn't born into this world so I can cater to random people's expectations of me. In a couple of weeks I need to have one of my windows repaired but I'm not bothered, as anyone who's been in here has been nothing but professional. I live in a council home, and all employees of contractors that work for the council receive diversity training as part of their job. So in that respect it's business as usual.
I'd still need a deadbolt on the door at least. I don't want my little nieces and nephews ever having to see this and getting horribly confused. While I plead daily and pester them to stop growing up I know it's inevitable and they don't need that kind of influence potentially giving them mixed signals and stunting their natural development.
 
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I'd still need a deadbolt on the door at least. I don't want my little nieces and nephews ever having to see this and getting horribly confused. While I plead daily and pester them to stop growing up I know it's inevitable and they don't need that kind of influence potentially giving them mixed signals and stunting their natural development.

Sure, that's why I said that for me the answer is simple. I don't have much contact with any relatives except with my mother who hasn't visited me in over ten years and who is now in a care home, my uncle who has never visited me but who keeps me updated about my mother, and my cousin whom I've only met on Facebook but not in real life (as she was born after I visited Scotland where she lives nearly 35 years ago), but who is very alternative and definitely wouldn't have an issue with it, and I'm sure neither would her wife. My interests are also pretty clear from my Facebook posts - even though I've never explicitly mentioned anything about ABDL, the subtle hints that I've been leaving should make it obvious to most people. Same applies to anyone who knows me in real life. So I'm able to enjoy a degree of freedom in that respect that may not be granted to others. But before anyone starts to envy me, I do have a whole load of other issues that have negatively affected my life in a number of different ways. For example I can only dream of going somewhere on holiday, driving a car, going to the gym or swimming pool. etc. Most of my life is spent at home, even though I did socialise for the first time in about a month today, when I went to the park to meet some friends. But on the way back home I started feeling very overstimulated and burned out, and it took me hours to recover after I got home..
 
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LiLMaus said:
I've always wanted to build a crib for myself along with other babyish furniture. One of the questions that always stops me is how can I build it so it can easily be broken down/ folded up. Guests get nosy wandering through your house looking for bathroom and happen to come across your "lil space room." How do you keep that type of space secret from loved ones? Are people building these rooms to be a locked secret room in the house? Or are they building furniture to bust out on special occasions? Love to hear your thoughts.
Years ago I listened to podcasts from two men who shared an apartment. They considered renting another apartment just for the child stuff.
 
Today I finally finished a month of hard daily work. Yesterday I added the three back panels to my crib, besides scraping some more paint off my ceiling (at least 90% complete now). Even though there is still plenty of work to do I'm happy for now, as my crib is already a lot cosier.. So today was mostly about cleaning and tidying up, and moving everything - including furniture - back into place.

Here's the preliminary result. Pretty sure that I'm going to have a great night's sleep!

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