Baby’s Cot: Episode 4

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In this episode Paul lays out and shapes the cambered top rail of the cot end frames. He uses his #4 plane converted to a scrub plane followed by a #4 smoothing plane and a #5 jack plane. Paul develops two bevelled surfaces to register the plough plane to for cutting the grooves for the plywood panel. The complex bevels are simplified as Paul walks you step by step through the process. Paul has developed his own technique for cutting and fitting veneered plywood panels using hand tools that ensure a perfect fit. This episode culminates with a completed dry fit and rehearsal in readiness for the final glue up.

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. Randy Ewart on 18 January 2019 at 7:59 am

    I love it …! At about 17:10 Paul says, “Now this is about as feisty as an Arabian gelding — this wood has got some guts ….” I don’t know how the film crew and staff held it all together without losing …! Hang in there, Paul, give it right back when it fights you.

    • Randy Ewart on 18 January 2019 at 8:02 am

      “… without losing their controlled composure.”

    • Izzy Berger on 18 January 2019 at 9:47 am


      It was pretty tough to keep a straight face, Paul often delights us with humorous sayings during filming!

      Kind Regards,

  2. Edouard Poitras on 23 January 2019 at 6:57 am

    Dear Paul and company;
    You never cease to amaze me as to the things you have done with your mastery of the hand tools. As I watch you dry fit mortise and tenon joints I wonder if the joints you make are not just a little to close. It seems from working with projects myself, that once the glue is applied and the wood starts to swell, a joint that fits to tight will be more work than necessary to achieve closure and could actually starve the joint of glue.
    The other thing I would like clarification of is why you used tape to make the joining of the 2 plys and not both glue and tape working together when you started the dry assembly. The tape would act as a temporary holding the panels in place while the glue would be the final set for the panel. It would stop the separation that occurred and give a solid contact of both plys.
    Paul has been such an excellent mentor and will always cherish what he has passed on. If you could give insight to the 2 items I mentioned it would be appreciated.
    Always Thankful;
    Ed Poitras.

    • Izzy Berger on 30 January 2019 at 9:04 am

      Hi Edouard,

      Paul says I think this all depends on feel when the joints are assembled and in 53 years I have never had a joint that didn’t seat fully.

      I think that glue would work fine but is also more messy considering it’s actually the groove which will hold everything together once assembled therefore I avoided the glue.

      Kind Regards,

  3. ted clawton on 24 January 2019 at 4:43 am

    Wow, I don’t know that I’ve seen Paul gang up pieces for a cut before. I’ve watched a lot of his videos now, maybe I have, but I can’t remember it if I did see him gang-cut. Another fantastic video, thank you WWMC team.

    • ted clawton on 26 January 2019 at 3:34 am

      Funny enough, I just watched him do a gang cut in ep 9 of the bookcase 🙂 Maybe I’ve seen it and didn’t remember. In any event, another great series, thank you.

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