How to Read Baby Cribs Plans

You’ve made an excellent decision in wanting to build a baby crib. Not only is it likely to be safer and of higher quality than a crib made in China, it is also a personal expression of love.

But where to start?

The good news is that baby cribs plans are drawn like any other plans…

The bad news is…

Baby cribs plans are drawn like any other plans!

While most authors try to make the plans simple, that is not always the case. Remember how your baby crib turns out is greatly impacted by the crib plan, so make sure you start with a good one!

A Great Baby Crib Plan

A great baby crib plan usually starts with a glossy photo of the finished crib and an enticing description of it. The baby crib plan then goes on to things such as:

  • The difficulty level of building the baby crib (maybe one star for beginners and three stars for pro jobs)
  • The approximate time required (which can vary greatly from woodworker to woodworker, especially when you’re just starting out)
  • Lumber list including:
    • Type and quantity of lumber needed to build the baby crib (with at least a 10% padding for mistakes)
    • Tips for selecting the best lumber
    • Approximate pricing for the lumber to construct the baby crib
  • Supplies list including:
    • Nails and fasteners, wood glue, biscuits, stain, varnish, paint
    • Hardware and accessories needed to finish the baby crib (hinges, knobs, wheels, drawer rails, etc.)
    • Recommendations for stores that sell the supplies
    • Approximate pricing for the supplies to complete the baby crib
  • Woodworking tools list including:
    • All hand tools needed to construct the baby crib (hammers, screwdrivers, planers, handsaws, handsanders, etc.)
    • All power tools needed to construct the baby crib (drills, routers, miter saws, belt sanders, etc., along with the size, type, and quantity of any belts, blades, and accessories required)
    • Insights on where to purchase the woodworking tools for the best deals
    • Approximate pricing for the all the woodworking tools to complete the baby crib (assuming you do not already have access to them)
  • Measurements (tip: make sure the author is correct!)
    • Common English measurements are 1/16 inch (1/16”, 1/16 in.), 1/8 inch, 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 1 inch, 1 foot)
    • You can find easy-to-use calculators (and great tools) online: click here
  • Step-by-step instructions and drawings for building and assembling your baby crib

Perfect, right? This is everything you need, all laid out for you in an easy-to-understand way. Unfortunately very few crib plans include everything listed above. What do you do in that case?

Don’t panic!

Not So Great Baby Crib Plan

If your baby crib plan doesn’t spell out everything you expect, you can still complete your woodworking project. It just may require a few more simple steps.

First, start by reviewing your baby crib plans and making notes on what is included. If the plan mentions nails, you know you will need a hammer. If the plan mentions paint, then you know you will need a paintbrush. Use logic to make the crib plan’s original list a little bit meatier (and take notes so you won’t have to do this step again next time!).

Afterward, if you are still unsure, you can always take your crib plans into a dedicated woodworking store, such as Rockler.

Remember, you’re doing a wonderful thing by building this baby crib. Don’t let a messed up baby crib plan stop you from finishing such a special project!

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