Assembling the Ends and Sides Together
Saturday, Judy and I loaded the unassembled crib into the back of the pickup in layers of blankets. Our fear was that it might rain on Sunday, and it is pouring as I type this. We scheduled the delivery to match Tyler’s arrival home from work so that we could assemble it right away. About half way through the unloading, Tyler arrived and we finished moving it into baby’s room.
The assembly when pretty quickly since there are sixteen screws that hold it together, and the mattress support that lays into sockets around the bottom. I put in half the screws while Tyler held pieces, and then he finished driving them in.
Driving Screws to Hold Frame Together
Each screw was just under 5 inches long, and I got them at Home Depot. They had great threads and heads on them, so they worked perfectly. The crib had been assembled during its making so all of the holes had been previously drilled and threaded.
Tyler still has on his First National Bank shirt, and his security badge. We did not even give him time to change out into something else, so First National gets some free advertising to go along with their family oriented business. Tyler now has about a week and a half off to get things ready and to be around for a while after the baby is home. That motivated me to not wait until the last minute or after the baby is born. I knew they wanted to finalized the room and they would not be able to do that until the crib sat in its spot.
The Mattress Support Frame
Since the crib did not come as a kit, we figured out things as we went. I mentioned in an earlier blog that I could not find one of the metal mattress supports that I saw in some kits anyplace where I could buy it, so I made one from Poplar wood. There is a support around the entire bottom rail with sockets in which the lattice type extensions sit. It is actually quite solid feeling, and will allow the bottom to breath if the mattress gets damp. I did supply a piece of quarter inch thick shower board to lay on top to protect the wood and mattress bottom for now. Jodi and Tyler have cats that may get inquisitive, and this will shield them from the mattress for a while until they all get used to things.
Making the Bed
We decided to go ahead and make the bed before we placed the mattress into the crib. So, the men put on the mattress pad and the sheet while the women took pictures and laughed. Its obvious though, that both of us are experienced and secure in our manhood!
This mattress was our shower gift, and is designed with two sides. One side is better suited for infant, and the other for toddlers. And it is very heavy for such a little thing.
Screw Hole Plugs
There are sixteen large screws holding the crib together, which means sixteen large holes needed to be filled. I found some nice half inch round walnut plugs at the Woodsmith store in Des Moines. Each plug got stain and finish to match the crib. Each plug also had a small rare earth magnet epoxied to the bottom to help insure the plugs stay put. Here I am handing off the plugs to Tyler to install.
Finished Posts With Plugs
Since the plugs were getting set for the first time, my anxiety level was a bit high, but they fit very nicely, and quite snug. Once together, everything looked great! We decided to add another shower gift which was the mobile. The mobile made it feel like someone might actually use it. Funny that you can talk about something so much, but until the little guy gets here, we only talk about a person that is ‘unknown’. He won’t care that Dad and Grandpa made this crib for another 12-20 years. So, that leaves us grownups to enjoy the beauty of the wood, and the work that went into making it.
Celebrating Our Work
That said, Tyler and I took a little time to congratulate ourselves. I looked back to see just how long this project took, and dug out the receipts for the wood. We went to Iowa on February the 6th to buy the wood. So the entire project from start to delivery took just over 5 months, and barely under the wire. The little guy is supposed to be born on Thursday with a little help from the doctor. That day is also my birthday. What a great present it will be for me too!
Jodi With Crib
So, here is a picture of Mom with child. I know that she got nervous about whether Tyler and I would get it done in time, but it’s ready and she can now finish the nest.