Originally Posted by sawdust
I hadn't mentioned that I like that crib too. Some details about the joinery might be nice.
Let's see, details...
The cradle is made out of 3/4 premium (maybe you call it number 1) pine. (Were I building it for myself it would have been oak, but the parents wanted pine to match the other furnature they already had)
The base of the cradle itself, (where the mattress goes) is 5/4 premium pine with the edges of the long side cut on an angle. 12 degrees I think, but I'd have to check to be sure. The corner pieces are screwed and countersunk together, and then they are screwed to the base. The bottom facing boards are screwed through from the sides, and then the spindles are glued and inserted.
The spindles are just 1/2 inch birch dowels. (I would have prefered to have made them myself, with a lot more detail, but a laythe just wasn't in the budget this year)
The top rails are then inserted onto the spindles, and screwed in through the sides as well. The short sides with the scroll top were cut on the band saw and the screws secuting them to the rest of the cradle are 4 1/2 inches long (probably overkill) but that is the weight bearing piece, and I refused to be responsible for injuring my Godson.
The stand is 3/4 uprights, 5/4 crossbar, and 2" wide feet. The cradle is secured to the stand with tapered birch pegs (the kid would need to have adult hand strength to be able to work them loose, and realistically by the time he can pull himself up, to get at them he'll be out of the cradle and into a crib. There is also a thrid birch peg at the bottom which can be pulled to allow the cradle to rock, and then replaced once the child is asleep.
This is almost an exact replica of the cradle that my father built when I was born, though that one is oak, and does have turned spindles.