Baby’s Cot: Episode 1

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With a prototype complete, Paul begins by discussing the importance of safety regarding issues surrounding making a baby’s cot. Paul walks you through the various stages of layout for the end-frame posts and panels, and provides clear instruction for making the template you need to transfer both shape, angled mortise and straight mortise hole positioning. He then shows how to profile the template using the stop-cut method with the saw, chisel, chisel hammer, spokeshave, rasp, coping saw and file. To lay out the post for shaping and mortising, Paul takes you step-by-step through the processes he’s used throughout his life as a furniture maker.

Important: Baby safety is a very important issue and many countries and regions have rules on how to keep babies safe. In building this cot we read through our own country’s guidance on this and we have done our best to interpret it and follow it. However, if you build a cot you should do your own research and make sure you follow the relevant guidance. This guidance changes regularly and differs from one place to another. Please do not follow what we have shown without checking it for yourself. The instruction we give should only be used as a starting point for the construction method. Setup, configuration and measurements of the cot you make should be checked to ensure that they are compliant with the guidance relevant to you.

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  1. Sandy on 26 December 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Just in time for my second Great-grandchild. That means I have to make two of these!

  2. joeleonetti on 26 December 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks Paul.

    As I am watching this, I am having troubles seeing the finished piece. For example, where plywood is going. I know in a few episodes or if I watch the series (which I would do if I were making this specific piece) it will all make sense and the second time through I will be able to visualize. I had a similar challenge on the ladder.

    Would it be possible to use the prototype to point out the marking you are doing? For example, one of the mortises is at an angle. I’m not sure why yet. Of course, I can just as easily look at the photo of the piece you have.

    Just a thought from a beginner. It could even just be a still of the piece inserted within the frame. Many thanks. I always fully understand in the end so it’s not that big of an issue for me.

    • Greg Jones on 29 December 2018 at 12:25 pm

      The technical drawing posted in the intro to the project was helpful for me to visualize how everything will come together.

  3. badgerjoe on 29 December 2018 at 12:21 am

    What are you using for wood, Sir?

    • Greg Jones on 29 December 2018 at 12:17 pm

      Paul discusses wood selection and what he is using at roughly the two minute mark.

  4. rcasey on 30 December 2018 at 11:45 pm

    here in the USA the mattress I looked up is 28″x52″ and the UK is 27.5″x55″
    should I make my crib 1/2″ wider and 3″ shorter
    help please

    • Larry Geib on 31 December 2018 at 1:45 am

      From past experience, I’d say buy the mattress, then build the crib to fit.

    • Graham Brodie on 11 August 2020 at 4:36 pm

      How many cubic feet/metres of wood do I need to build this fantastic cot?
      Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to enable us to really progress in wonderful pastime.

      • Izzy Berger on 25 August 2020 at 5:43 pm

        Hi Graham,

        Paul has never worked this out but you can use the dimensions provided to work it out from that.

        Kind Regards,

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