How To Make A Wooden Baby Cot From The Scratch?
If you are expecting your first baby, then you might be thinking of purchasing a wooden baby cot. Instead of buying one, why don’t you do it yourself? The question may arise in your mind how to make a wooden baby cot which remains strong and looks stylish.
If you build your baby crib, this could save money which can help you to buy other baby products. You can search through online to get an idea, making a wooden baby crib. It is quite simple to make an essential piece of baby furniture.
Things You Will Need
After searching different styles of crib through online, you may choose a style or a design which can be easily built. When choosing a design, make sure the baby crib remains safe enough for your baby. Buy your baby mattress before you get started, so that the measurement for the crib would work.
- Bed frame – 2 pieces of 1x3 lumber 27 inches long, 2pieces of 53 ½ inches long
- Sides – 4 pieces of 1x3 lumber 30 inches, 2 pieces 30 inches, 2 pieces 1x4 lumber 30 inches, 10 pieces 1x2 lumber 30 inch
- Face – 2 pieces 1x3 lumber 24 inch, 1 piece of 1x4 lumber 53 ½ inch, 1 piece 53 ½ inch and 10 pieces of 1x2 lumber 24 inch
- Back – 2 pieces 1x3 lumber 30 inch, 1 piece of 1x4 lumber 53 ½ inch, 1 piece 53 ½ inch, 10 pieces of 1x2 lumber 30 inch.
- Legs – 6 pieces 2x3 lumber 5 inches long
- Cleats – 2 pieces 1x1 lumber 52 inches long, 11 pieces 1x3 lumber 27 inches long.
- Safety gloves and glasses
- Drill machine and drill bits
- Miter saw and jig saw
- Measure tape, spirit level, chalk line, and carpentry pencil
Step by Step Instructions
You have to choose the kind of wood you would like to use to make the crib. Any wood can be chosen, but consider the climate of the place you live. Next is to make a design of the crib on a blueprint paper.
The second step is to build a front face of the baby cot. Assemble the frame of the front wall by using 1 x 4 lumbers for bottom slat and 1 x 3 lumbers for the rest of the frame. At both the ends, drill a pocket hole using the best pocket hole jig and secure them from top to bottom using 1 ¼ inch screw. The corners should be square, and the edges should be flush.
The third step is to build the rail and make sure you drill pocket holes both ends of the vertical component. Frame them with 1 ¼ inch screw. Place pieces of wood between the rails to create gaps. You may use waterproof glue to the joints to create a rigid structure.
To build the side walls, you have to adjust the size of the component before locking them into a tight place. Before inserting the screws align the edges. The corners should be square and place the balusters in equally spaced manner.
The next step involves building the back wall of the baby cot. The back wall should build strong. You have to align the components and check whether the edges are flush before inserting the screws.
Now you may lock the four walls of the crib together. For this, you must drill pocket holes at the side of front and back panels. Then insert 1 ¼ inches, screw into the adjacent walls. The corners should be square, and the edges must be flush before you insert the screws.
The next step involves attaching the legs of the crib. You have to cut several pieces of 2x3 lumber. Drill holes through the legs and place them at the bottom component of the frame using 2-inch screws. To create the rigid structure, you must add waterproof glue to the joints.
Now you have to build the frame of the bed. You have to use 1x3 slats to build the frame and make sure the corners are in square shape. The next step includes attaching 1x1 cleats to the interior portion of the frame. These cleats should support the slats properly. You have to drill the pocket holes through the cleats and secure the frame using 1 ¼ inch screws.
The next step includes securing the 1x 3 slats to the cleats and make sure you place the slats in an equally spaced manner. Lock the cleats using 1 ¼ inch screws. Now you have to decide the height at which you want to keep the bed frame along with the side walls. Using a spirit level, you must check whether the bed frame is placed horizontally. Then you insert all the screws through the frame into the wall.
The last step involves the finishing touch of the baby crib. You have to fill the holes using wood filler and give some time to dry out. Afterward, using a sandpaper smooth the surface of the wood. Clean all the residues, and you must apply two coats of paint on the wooden pieces. This would enhance the look of the baby crib. You must allow the coat of paint to dry out several days before you lay the baby into the wooden crib for the first time.
You may also go through the video link below to have adequate on how to build a wooden baby cot:
Hope all of you, might have enjoyed reading the project about how to build a wooden baby crib. This project of making a wooden crib meets all safety standards. No specialty hardware is required to build the cot. The design is simple and straightforward. The crib will remain safe and also comfortable for a long time. If you find the project helpful, you must share with your friends. After reading the instructions carefully, you may comment, and suggestions are welcomed.
Victor is keen on exploring new and easy ways of building wooden furniture and household items. He shares his knowledge online for readers trying to create innovative furniture solutions for homes and offices.