Video game artist Rob Adams might design in the virtual world, but he fashions his offline life in a similarly fantastical way. Adams first wowed the internet last year by building an incredible fairy tree reading nook for his daughter’s bedroom. After seeing his handiwork, the website Fatherly asked him to construct an imaginative baby bed that captures that same charming spirit. Modeled after a submarine, Adam’s colorful DIY crib design takes a newborn “under the sea.”
Building this piece of furniture was no small feat. Even with help from a friend—who taught Adams the basics of fiberglass—it took 90 hours and $1,250 in materials to complete. It was well worth the time, however, as the results are spectacular; the blue and yellow sub dazzles during the day and even lights up at night.
How did he create this DIY baby crib?
Adams started by doing research into “cartoony submarines” and translated their features into a 3D form. Using a digital modeling software, he played around with the proportions and shapes until he got the design just right.
With his vision finalized, Adams got to work. He sculptured the body panels out of foam, covered them in blue painter’s tape, and then applied a fiberglass mixture over it. Afterwards, he used body filler and scraped it on top of the newly-cured panels. Once dry, it was sanded smooth.
It was then on to the legs. Adams used copper piping and mounted them to the framing. Moving on from the cosmetic elements, the dedicated DIYer secured the internal frame so that it could be disassembled to fit through a standard doorway. Once that engineering was complete, he added things like a spinning propeller.
One of the last steps was to assemble the center section that includes a working light and periscope. Like the body panels, it was created with foam and coated in fiberglass. In addition to its decorative properties, this is where the electrical equipment was installed—including a dimmer switch.
Now that the crib is done, Adams doesn’t plan on keeping it all for himself. He plans to auction it to raise money for the Seattle Children’s hospital later in 2017.