When preparing for a baby to come into the world, most parents fret over buying the essentials like diapers, clothing, baby wipes, and a crib. They barely have time to breathe, let alone build their own baby-safe furniture.
Though Reddit user radamshome wasn’t building this awesome crib for his kids, we’re pretty sure he’s the type of dad who would. He once crafted an epic tree house inside his home for his daughter, so it’s clear to see that he takes building things for his children very seriously.
Fatherly.com asked the woodworking dad to create a submarine crib and he was obviously excited to get started. Just wait until you see the finished product!
Radamshome started by researching submarine pictures. He liked the look of the one on the top left, so he got to work!
Once he’d sketched out a drawing by hand, he moved things to a computer modeling program for more precise measurements.
To make things a bit easier, radamshome decided to build the submarine crib around a store-bought frame.
He bought some foam panels at Home Depot. They would eventually become the main parts of the submarine.
After cutting the foam into smaller pieces, the dad scored (scraped) them.
He applied special adhesive to hold multiple pieces of the foam together.
Then it came time to cut and form the foam… It’s starting to take shape!
Adding painters tape helped smooth the submarine’s surface out.
But it also meant that radamshome would be able to tell where he put the fiberglass — and if he missed a spot during application.
Resin and a hardener were added…
And after the resin cured properly, a little roller helped get rid of any air bubbles that could lead to holes down the road.
Radamshome sanded the sub’s body and added some filler to make sure the surface was extra smooth. (We sense he’s a perfectionist!)
You can really see the form coming together.
Leg-extenders were added to the crib’s original frame so that the front and back of the sub would hover just over the ground.
Because he’s a super dad and is “pretty paranoid with kid stuff,” radamshome added extra supports to the crib.
Did we mention this thing even has a working propeller?!
After repeating much of the above process with the top part of the submarine, he gave it a PVC pipe porthole and a coat of paint.
Radamshome added lighting — complete with dimmers!
We’re pretty sure this is the coolest crib above and underwater.
Quite possibly the best part about this incredible creation? Radamshome plans “to auction [it] to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital later this year.”
A good dad and a good heart! Share this amazing father’s crib today!