Mini Nursery Tour and Burton's Homemade Crib

Mini Nursery Tour and Burton's Homemade Crib

Janie Lee
Jun 5, 2007

Remember Burton? He's the talented AT: Nursery reader who told us he made his own version of the Oeuf crib. (See his comment to this post). We, of course, wanted to see it for ourselves and to show you as well. Burton does not disappoint.

Name: Jen and Burton
Child's Name and Age: Henry, 4 months
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
Inspiration: The Oeuf Crib

Burton's story:
I really liked the Oeuf crib but I couldn't quite fit in our budget. Also, I figured it would be cool to make something really great for my soon-to-arrive son. The nice thing about the Oeuf crib is its simplicity, which lends itself to copying by not-so-accomplished woodworkers such as myself. I started the project by checking out an original crib in a store, researching crib safety standards, and then making a very rough drawing.

It ended up taking a long time to build--probably more than eight weekends all told, and the materials weren't cheap, around $300-$400. But it turned out great. Making it myself, I didn't have to make any comprimises and was able to use really high-quality materials, such as solid cherry (from a tree cut down by a friend) and quarter-sawn white oak. The painted finish is SafeCoat, a totally non-toxic paint, and the cherry is finished in a food-grade Danish Oil, just in case Henry decides to chew on the thing. I was able to build the crib in my basement using just a router and handtools, though I wouldn't recommend this project for a first-time woodworker.

The only changes I made to the Oeuf design was to add a top rail of cherry (the sides below the cherry are birch plywood that I didn't want Henry chewing on) and to add handles to the changing station. Our nursery is sort of Shaker-modern, and it fits in well.

I'm dreading the day Henry outgrows his crib. Laying him down in it each evening is like putting on a sweater knit by hand for its wearer; totally satisfying.

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