While crafting with baby furniture plans is a relatively modern idea, humans have been learning the traditions and techniques of transforming a chunk of wood into something useful for centuries. This guide will help you to discover the importance of baby furniture plans and how you can use them to construct a beautiful, functional, memorable celebration of your child’s life.
What are baby furniture plans?
The first topic to discuss about baby furniture plans is simply what they are. They are the woodworking plans used to build baby furniture like cribs, cradles, high-chairs, and changing tables. Some plans are designed just for the period when your baby is small (pre-toddler) while other plans will help you produce furniture that is usable until the teenage years and adulthood. Plans come in different varieties and formats–some are hand-drawn, others are CAD-created; some are written on paper, others are electronic; some are free, some are not.
Who uses baby furniture plans?
You may be surprised to learn that almost everyone who builds baby furniture uses plans. Many people assume that master craftsman and tenured woodworkers have no need for plans, but that’s not true. One of the marks of a craftsman is the perfection of his/her art, and that step is often performed by looking at the plans others have created and adapting those ideas. Even when a woodworker is not following a paper plan step-by-step, she may have the basic principles locked in her head from years of practice.
If baby furniture plans are useful for the pro, they are invaluable for the amateur. Studying woodworking plans allows you to learn what power tools and hand tools you need to stock in your workshop, what supplies you can buy in bulk and what you’ll likely only need once, and what basic steps will form the foundation of your woodworker life.
Where can I find baby furniture plans?
Plans for cribs, cradles, changing tables, highchairs, toy boxes, dressers, … (the list could go on forever) can be found online and in retail stores. Here are some sources to get you started:
Best Baby Furniture Plans – Go to the homepage and sign up for free plans and advice.
Woodworkers Workshop – * A+ Better Business Bureau store
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware – * well-respected woodworking store with several U.S. locations
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Why should I use baby furniture plans?
Woodworking is a hobby or professional activity that gives many people great joy. If you are receiving handmade baby furniture, you are grateful for the gift and appreciative of the time and effort put into it. If you are building baby furniture by hand, you will likely have a special connection with the pieces you produce and look back fondly on both the monumental success and the colossal blunders. To me, custom-built baby furniture brings to mind a time when craftsman took more time with the details and truly wanted to create a work of art. That is what you will be doing when building with baby furniture plans–you will be constructing a gorgeous piece of history to last a lifetime.
Baby furniture plans are a great help to the beginning woodworker. What’s so important about them? Well, if you’re a baker, imagine trying to make a wedding cake for the first time without a recipe. Imagine trying to drive a car for the first time when no one has taught you where to put your feet and what actions to take. Baby furniture plans simply provide careful instructions that enable the basic template to be reproduced. Does that mean you are required to follow the plan and cannot add your own flair? Absolutely not! The first convertible crib plan that I followed didn’t include a drawer, but I wanted one, so I added one. Maybe you want your piece of baby furniture to be a little wider or a little taller. Maybe you decide to use cherry wood instead of oak or hidden hinges instead of the visible ones. This is ultimately your own creation; the baby furniture plans are just there to help you along the way.
How do I use baby furniture plans?
If you can follow directions, you can use baby furniture plans. Keep in mind that some plans are meant for individuals with more experience, so they may leave steps incomplete. Some woodworking plans also take for granted that you have a fully stocked workshop with the latest $1000 tools (which you don’t need starting out). Learn the basics of woodworking and study the recommendations in How to Read Baby Furniture Plans.