Build your own baby crib

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With these step-by-step instructions, you can build your own baby crib and save money for the other necessities! Read on to discover how simple it is to create this essential piece of baby furniture.

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Things you need

  • Blueprint paper
  • Wood
  • Stain
  • T-nuts

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    How to Build Your Own Baby Crib

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    First, you will need to choose the kind of wood you would like to use for the crib itself. Practically any type of wood will work, and your selection should take your climate and use into consideration. Next, make a design for your crib on your blueprint paper. You can design it however you'd like, but you may want to visit a baby supply store ahead of time to get ideas of what you like. Some people like to trace out the pattern of the legs onto a piece of plywood and then cut it out so they have a model to use as a reference.

    Build your own baby crib
    Visualising your crib and making a blueprint can help make your buidling project easier.
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    Cut your chosen wood into six boards that are approximately 54 inches long. These will serve as both rails and legs for the crib. Cut out the actual legs with your jigsaw, and then sand them down and cut any rough edges. Next you will want to make the side boards for the crib, which calls for 51.5-inch pieces of wood. Again, create a pattern and then create the life-sized version.

    Build your own baby crib
    Your crib can be any design you wish, but try to keep it clean and simple.
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    Take these pieces of board and trim the slats. Approximately 30 are recommended for each side if you want a roomy crib, and they should be about 1.5 inches wide. After your sawing is complete, use a mortise to cut mortises into each side rail. After this is complete, you can glue the sides and slats together.

    Build your own baby crib
    An exceptionally roomy crib will give your baby plenty of growing space.
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    Finally, you will have to use more wood to make panels. Go for plywood that is 1.5 inches thick and use T-nuts to make the crib adjustable in height. Fasten the legs of the crib with brackets, and test the crib for strength and durability.

    Build your own baby crib
    Choose a unique stain colour that complements your nursery.
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    If you would like, you can stain the crib in any colour you'd like. Allow it to air out for several days before laying a baby in it for the first time.

Tips and warnings

  • Always work outdoors where you are safe from inhaling dust and fumes.
  • Only use cutting equipment you are familiar with. Ask a friend to help you if you're unsure.
  • Buy some extra wood to have on hand in case you make mistakes.
  • Don't rush the project. Learning how to build a crib can be tricky!
  • Working with wood and saws is dangerous, so know how to operate everything safely.
  • Do not place a baby in the crib until you are sure everything is safe and toxic free.

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