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I came into the forum with a question about child-safe finish for a crib. This is my first serious project - much more challenging than I expected. Since mistakes are a learning experience - I learned alot! I promised to post pictures when I finished - so here they are.
The bed is pine, the panels are Indian rosewood. The latches are 10 mm dowels backed by a spring, handles are 12 mm dowels connected to the latch with a 5 mm dowel.
I couldn't resist - included a picture of the crib in use
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Hank it look great

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Based solely on that last shot, I'd call it a success. Nice work.

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I came into the forum with a question about child-safe finish for a crib. This is my first serious project - much more challenging than I expected. Since mistakes are a learning experience - I learned alot! I promised to post pictures when I finished - so here they are.
The bed is pine, the panels are Indian rosewood. The latches are 10 mm dowels backed by a spring, handles are 12 mm dowels connected to the latch with a 5 mm dowel.
I couldn't resist - included a picture of the crib in use
Good job.

On to your question- I would say a polyurethane finish.

I've worked with polyurethane epoxies and finishes. I know that once it has cured (the driers have evaporated) that polyurethane has nothing left there to leach out. It is a finish that is food safe. It doesn't split or chip. It has a finish that you can clean with strong cleaners.

There are other finishes:
Food Safe Finishes

...But a polyurethane finish would be my choice.

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Photo #6 says it all. Baby is at peace and resting in the work of your hand. Nice job.
My first major project was also a 3 in 1 crib for my son and I know the feeling. enjoy it.
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Very nice Hank. Good job!!
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I would hazard a guess that this isn't your first project! An excellent job.

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Hank I save photos from nice looking projects, that is if they look neat so I have saved your crib images as it looks very tidy, I have not made one myself but a cabinet maker that I know did make one and as it was running very late then I told him that he would have to tell his wife to delay the birth for an extra two weeks, I can't remember if she was able to do that or not so I hope that yours was ready and on time. N
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Very nice job Hank and the rosewood is beautiful.

When my wife and I had our first we didn't have a crib so our daughter slept with us. This eventually became something that had to be changed so I built a small captain's style bed that used a crib mattress for her to sleep on. We didn't have a lot of money to spare so it got made out of particle board. It had two drawers about 8" deep under it. She slept it for a few years and then her brother slept in it for a few more. In between and afterwards, it made the rounds among our cousins and friends who also needed it. I finally lost track of it and how many children have used it, many of them grown now with children of their own. It has probably fallen apart by now. I have and still find it very gratifying to know many young children slept in the little bed I made. It was one of the first things I ever made and it is still one of my favorite projects. There is something very special about making things for babies and small children.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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