Baby’s Cot: Episode 9

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In this episode, Paul starts by creating grooves into the top piece of the bottom frame using the plane. Once this is done Paul then demonstrates how to miter the ends of the wood in order to fit snug with the other strips of wood. He then continues to trim a couple of shavings using the Poor Man’s Shooting Board that he had put together himself. After this, Paul maps out where to put the drill holes for the bearers of the cot and fixing it in place. Finally Paul corrects some of the marks that have been made on the wood and then completes the cot by using a water based finish.

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. Michael Barnes on 20 February 2019 at 4:25 pm

    I notice there’s no central support for the base of the cot, it visibly flexes when a small amount of pressure is applied in the video. Is this intentional or an oversight in editing?

    Clearly a baby doesn’t way all that much but it seemed odd to me that the middle of the base panel has no support.

    • Izzy Berger on 21 February 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Michael,

      Paul says:
      I certainly don’t feel this design needs any extra support, there is not questions of danger but if you feel you want to add more support to yours then do so.

      Kind Regards,

  2. jurgen01 on 20 February 2019 at 6:34 pm

    I have made two baby cribs, so I have some perspective on the process and the end product.

    Your baby cot is a beauty. It will be a treasured family heirloom for generations to come.

    Well done, Grandpa!

  3. foz68 on 20 February 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Lovely project. Nicely executed Paul and well filmed series as always.

    We got three boinks and a mitre joke as well in this episode. Love the light hearted humour. Always makes my train journey fly by and half bearable.

    Can’t wait for the next project.


  4. Eric on 21 February 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I really like the change in filming perspective. Good look from the side.

  5. jakegevorgian on 22 February 2019 at 4:11 am

    Such a beautiful project Paul. I’m glad I watched it all today!

  6. allaninoz on 22 February 2019 at 11:54 am

    Hi Paul and team,
    Clearly Paul is a master craftsman, but that camera work and everything else that goes into making the final product is incredible. It’s highlighted to me even more when I try to take a phot or video of something I have made and just utterly fail to do it any justice. Well done team!
    Regards from Allan

  7. masterofnone on 4 March 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Paul, I have a question about painting such a large project. When you paint, do you do both sides at the same time or do one, let it dry and then do the other side? And then follow up questions, if you do both sides at the same time, how do you support it while painting and drying; if one side at a time, how do you deal with the joint line of the now dry paint with the fresh paint? Thanks

    • Izzy Berger on 8 March 2019 at 3:44 pm


      Paul says:
      I would do one side, let it dry and do the other. You can over paint onto the dry and it will all blend, especially when you have the full number of coats on.

      Kind Regards,

  8. Andrea Mazzini on 29 July 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Paul,
    is the mattress standard size? (120x 60 cm)
    I’m about to start this project for a friend of mine, and I’m not too sure about the overall sizing.

    • Izzy Berger on 31 July 2019 at 11:54 am

      Hi Andrea,

      Paul says: It is a standard size cot mattress, that said, whichever mattress you buy you should size to your cot accordingly and also look to any legislation manufacturers must conform to in the country you are in. This will be a good guide for you.

      Kind Regards,

  9. Glen on 24 January 2020 at 9:33 am


    I’m so please to be putting the final touches to my baby’s cot but I have a question about furniture polish.

    Did Paul finish the cot by using the National Trust polish? I’m not sure whether or not it’ll be a safe product for our baby.

    Best wishes

    • Izzy Berger on 24 January 2020 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Glen,

      Paul says:
      I recommend you do your own research for this to ensure you’re happy with your choice in finish.

      Kind Regards,

      • Glen on 26 January 2020 at 3:28 pm

        Thank you Izzy and Paul.

        I decided to go with the National Trust polish and it looks lovely. Our little daughter (born on Paul’s 70th birthday) will spend many a happy night in her beautiful cot.

        Thank you for giving me the confidence to make such a wonderful piece of furniture.


  10. Joseph Granger on 14 June 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Hello, and Thanks
    As always Mr. Paul, your teaching me another lovely project.
    I have my first grate grandchild on the way and I think this would be a good gift to make for my grandson for he and he wife’s first child.

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