Category: ‘Baby Cribs Plans’

Happy Mother’s Day – Building a Baby Crib for New Moms

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Get Crib Plans Free

Many beginner and professional woodworkers today are asking how to get crib plans free. The purpose is simple: These artisans want to build beautiful, functional baby cribs with their own hands. They want to be part of the joy that appears on a mother’s face when she sees a well-crafted, unique crib nestled perfectly in the nursery. Heck, many of these woodworkers are the mothers themselves!

Free baby crib plans are the simplest way to focus the skills and knowledge of a woodworking expert into the sweat and smiles of a novice. Just like paid plans, free woodworking plans come in different formats, different detail levels, and different focuses. When you get crib plans free, they may be electronic PDFs, Microsoft Word documents, downloadable print-outs, or even paper copies. They may provide step-by-step instructions and supplies lists for beginning woodworkers, or they may skip the basics to concentrate on the professional audience. Free baby crib plans can be used to build convertible cribs, standard baby cribs, corner cribs, round cribs, and a variety of traditional or modern baby cribs.

Always choose a baby crib woodworking plan that fits your skill level, whether it is free or not. You will encounter a world of frustration if your interests outweigh your abilities. Don’t worry! Have patience, build up your woodworking skills with other projects, and you will be ready to build a baby crib in no time.

Free baby crib plans can be difficult to find due to copyright restrictions, changing safety standards, and aging draftsman. Best Baby Furniture Plans scours various sources on a regular basis to get crib plans free. We also search for woodworking instructions for cradles, changing tables, high chairs, dressers, and other pieces of baby furniture. If you know of a trusted source for free crib plans or would like to donate plans of your own, please let us know.

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Are you ready to get a jumpstart into woodworking? While the plans below are not free, they come at a substantial deal and discount–less than half a penny per plan. Try walking into Rockler and getting any baby crib plans for half a penny.

Woodworking professional Ted McGrath is offering his collection of 16,000 step-by-step instructions, blueprints, and schematics for a limited time. Unlike other woodworking project collections, Ted’s plans come with detailed diagrams, lists of all the woodworking tools and materials you will need, and step-by-step advice. You even have the ability to search through all of the plans to find a project that fits your skill level and interests. Ted’s woodworking plans are great for beginners, and they will help you maintain the confidence you need to move on to bigger and better projects.

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Free Woodworking Plans for Baby Cribs

The gift of a new baby is precious and deserves to be commemorated. An excellent way to welcome the little one is to place him or her in a handmade crib. Free woodworking plans for baby cribs are a no-cost way for mothers, fathers, grandparents, relatives, or friends to craft safe, stable, stylish baby furniture.

How can baby crib plans be free?

Free woodworking plans for baby cribs are most often distributed as a public service or to attract customers for future purchases. Authors and draftsmen want to increase the number of people exposed to woodworking, to encourage beginners to start on this relaxing hobby, and to give advanced woodworkers something new to try. Even if the provider asks for nothing in return, an excellent way to reward him/her is to send a photo of the finished baby crib. This gesture is in no way required, but it is appreciated by everyone, especially me.

What can I build with free woodworking plans for baby cribs?

As anyone who has shopped for baby furniture knows, a crib is not just a crib. They come in a variety of styles, wood colors, finishes, and options. Popular free baby crib plans include convertible cribs that adjust into toddler beds and full-size beds, standard cribs with or without drop sides (without is recommended), corner cribs, round cribs, small baby cribs, large baby cribs, and even canopy cribs. Once you start building baby furniture, you are likely to continue, and plenty of options are available to keep you busy. You can concentrate on children’s furniture or branch out into games, home furnishings, cabinets, woodturning, and any number of woodworking projects.

What is the difference between free and paid plans?

In many ways, paid and free baby crib plans are similar. They both offer step-by-step instructions and a list of required materials. They are both created by experienced craftsmen who consider woodworking to be a functional art. At the same, differences do exist. Three of the more common distinctions are listed below:

The most difference between free woodworking plans for baby cribs and the paid versions is the format. In order to keep costs low, free plans tend to be distributed electronically as PDFs, Microsoft Word documents, or CAD files. At the same time, paid plans generally let the consumer dictate the format. Paid woodworking plans can be mailed as paper copies, can be distributed on a CD, or can even be downloaded online like the free plans.

The second difference surrounds the level of choice. Free baby crib plans tend to be more difficult to find and more limited in scope than the paid plans. The free plans may not offer all of the styles or options that you would like, and they may be more condensed than the paid plans. Remember that all woodworking plans tend to be oriented toward the home woodworker and not the corporate baby furniture manufacturers. Consequently they may have been modified to meet unique needs, but this same feature also allows both beginner woodworkers and professionals to make their own alterations.

A final distinction between free baby crib plans and paid plans has to do with the “package”. Because paid woodworking plans generate income, they can afford to be a bit more flashy. They attract attention through marketing copy, professional photographs, and pleasing colors. Some look more like magazines than woodworking plans. On the other hand, free woodworking plans for baby cribs are generally more utilitarian. They usually have black or blue print, may only have a few photos of the finished crib, and the entire plan may be black and white instead of color.

Despite some of the disadvantages, the beauty of free woodworking plans for baby cribs cannot be overlooked. Isn’t it great to be able to fashion a work of art out of a PDF that didn’t cost a cent? Even better, saving money on the crib plans leaves more money for the rest of your woodworking arsenal. Just think of all the tools you could buy!

Your next step is to learn how to read baby cribs plans and get started. A whole world of woodworking is waiting.

Woodworking Planer for Building Baby Cribs

Any beginning woodworker will quickly learn the importance of a woodworking planer. These handy tools are an essential part of any well-stocked workshop.

As I’m sure you already know, lumber rarely comes without some sort of flaw. This is especially true when the lumber comes from a home improvement store, since most lumberyards keep the premium (higher priced) stock for themselves. The boards you choose may be affordable, but they will rarely be straight, flat, and of even thickness.

If you were framing a house, a smooth, even piece of lumber would be less of a big deal. For fine woodworking and building baby cribs, however, these “perfect” qualities are desirable. The last thing you would want is to construct a baby crib that is rough and splintery, blotchy from knots and uneven staining, has uneven and ugly joins, or is even potentially dangerous due to wobbly wood.

The solution to all of these problems is a woodworking planer. At the most basic level, you can choose between a hand plane or a power planer. A hand plane requires some manual labor and “oomph” to shave thin strips from your wood. It can take a lot of time and may not produce the results you want unless you’re an expert. The high-tech method is to use an electric woodworking planer. This power planer has rollers to move your stock across several sharp blades spinning at high speed. Whether you use a hand plane or a power planer, the effect is the same—a thin layer of wood is removed with each pass. Repeat the process until the wood looks and feels the way you want it to.

Specialized planes you may use while building baby cribs include:

  • A circular plane for smoothing concave or convex curves, such as on crib spindles, rails, or legs.
  • A shoulder plane for cleaning up tenons that join two pieces of wood.
  • A jointer plane for jointing and the final flattening of boards.
  • A spokeshave for smoothing curved surfaces.
  • A chisel plane for removing wood up to a perpendicular surface, like the bottom inside of a storage drawer.

The woodworking planer is not just for building baby cribs; it can be used for any woodworking project. This simple tool adds beauty, functionality, and durability to whatever you create.

Sawdust Uses: 10 Ways to Put Your Waste to Work

Did you know that ancient Egyptians used to stuff mummified bodies with sawdust and leaves to maintain their shape? See, there are plenty of uses for sawdust! You may not have to go to that extreme, but if you’re a woodworker,  you likely have a few piles waiting for you somewhere. Here are 10 ways to recycle your sawdust and put it to good use. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Best Woodworking Clamps to Leave Your “Baby” Safe, Protected, and Unharmed

Guest Author: Sean Haggard, based on an interview with Mike Best

Stop Gouging, Marring, and Beating Your “Baby” Woodworking Project

As a woodworker, your latest project is always your baby. You spend hours nurturing its needs and shaping its future. You coddle it and invest whatever money is necessary. Nothing is too good for your baby.

So are you one of those people who think it doesn’t matter what woodworking clamps you use for your latest project? The first time you hear a crunch or the first time you lift up the clamp and see a huge gouge in your
expensive wood, you might change your mind. Mike Best of Best Baby Furniture Plans gives these tips for choosing and using the best woodworking clamps.

First, when you are undertaking any woodworking project, the importance of having woodworking clamps on hand cannot be overstressed. Woodworking clamps give you an extra pair of hands. You can hold materials together for gluing or stabilize delicate parts while you make finishing touches. Each woodworking clamp has its own benefits and problems, but reading through all of the tips below will help you avoid common mistakes.

Woodworking Clamps: C-Clamp

You probably see C-clamps all of the time and think that they are a stable of any woodworker’s toolbox. I want to share a secret with you….

Most woodworkers do not use C-clamps any more.

It is a common home improvement clamp, but it is not a popular woodworking clamp. Why not? The clamping force is concentrated on two small points, so it can easily damage your wood. When you do need to use C-clamps, many woodworkers will add scrap pieces of wood so that the scraps sandwich the wood being glued/held together. The clamp holds the scraps, the scraps hold the wood, and nothing important is damaged.

Operating a C-clamp is relatively easy…. Click here to read the rest of the interview (opens in new window).

Woodworking Clamps for Baby Cribs

I often come across tips that will help you to build your baby crib, and I pass them along whenever I can. Here’s a great blurb about woodworking clamps from the October issue of This Old House Magazine:

When does it make sense to use a wood clamp instead of an all-metal C-clamp or pistol-grip bar clamp? – Nick Wolf, New York, N.Y.

Wood hand-screw clamps—used primarily by woodworkers and boat builders—don’t mar wood surfaces the way an unprotected metal C-clamp might. And once tightened, they don’t back off on their own the way pistol-grip models sometimes can. I use hand-screw clamps all the time because their big hardwood jaws apply uniform pressure over a relatively wide area. [These antique clamps] have wood hand screws that allow the jaws to grip workpieces with parallel faces. Modern versions have steel hand screws that enable the jaws to be angled to hold oddly shaped pieces.

–Norm Abram, This Old House Master Carpenter

I really like This Old House Magazine. Unfortunately there’s a lot more in it than I could ever type up. You can see my original review of This Old House magazine, just click here. While it’s not dedicated to baby cribs, or even to woodworking, it’s a great deal for anyone interested in home improvement and DIY.

To read more about woodworking clamps, including which ones to use and which ones to avoid, check out my article on woodworking clamps.

Basic Woodworking Tools for Baby Cribs: Woodworking Clamps

When you are building a baby crib, the importance of having woodworking clamps on hand cannot be overstressed. Woodworking clamps let you hold materials together for gluing, and they allow you to stabilize baby crib materials while you make finishing touches. As Norm Abram mentioned in This Old House Magazine, there are several types of woodworking clamps, and each has its own benefits. Here are three of the more common woodworking clamps for building baby cribs.

Woodworking Clamps: C-Clamp

A C-clamp is one example of a woodworking clamp.

Perhaps one of the most often seen woodworking clamps is a C-clamp. It is not a popular baby crib clamp, however, because the clamping force is concentrated on two small points and easily damages wood. On a C-clamp, one end of the C has a flat end that is pressed against one side of the wood. The other end (on the screw side of the C) has a turn-screw that flattens against the opposite side of the wood. Because C-clamps are generally made of steel or cast iron, they provide a more heavy-duty woodworking solution. As mentioned earlier, when you are building a baby crib, remember that the flat edges of the frame can indent or mar the woodworking surface, especially on delicate woods. You must maintain a balance between tight enough to hold the materials together and not so tight that the wood is damaged. If you do need a C-clamp when building your baby crib, many woodworkers will add scrap pieces of wood so that the scraps sandwich the wood being glued/held together. The clamp holds the scraps, the scraps hold the wood, and nothing important is damaged.

Woodworking Clamps: Hand-Screw Clamp

Hand-screw clamps are popular woodworking clamps.

Another routine choice for baby crib woodworking clamps is hand-screw clamps. Unlike C-clamps, hand-screw clamps distribute pressure along a wider area and are consequently less likely to damage the wood being clamped. They are a good choice when working with woods, plastics, and fabrics, and they come in a variety of lengths and reaches. Always be sure to select the hand-screw clamp (and any woodworking clamp) that can open wide enough for your project and has a jaw depth that can accommodate your project. This tip is especially important when building a baby crib.

Woodworking Clamps: Pistol-Grip Bar Clamp (aka Quick Release Clamps)

A pistol-grip bar clamp (quick release woodworking clamp) can be used one-handed.

The third type of woodworking clamp for building baby cribs is the pistol-grip bar clamp or quick release clamp. Bar clamps usually have a fixed end and a screw-down end. A variation is the quick grip clamp or quick release clamp that uses a pistol-style grip for rapid adjustment and clamping. Because they often have plastic or rubber jaws, they are great for delicate projects in which the wood could be easily damaged. Keep in mind that the rubberized clamps provide greater padding when it comes to working with soft woods, but they also tend to have more slack than you may want in your clamping. I generally use the rubberized quick release clamps when alignment or force does not need to be perfect. If you are in need of additional pressure, go with the hand-screw clamps.

Additional Tips for Woodworking Clamps

  • Select the correct type of woodworking clamp and the correct size of clamp for your project. Applying too much pressure with a small clamp will cause the clamp to break, and applying too much pressure with a large clamp on delicate wood will leave a nasty gouge in your baby crib.
  • Lightly lubricate the screws on your woodworking clamps occasionally to prevent rust.
  • If you will be clamping directly over a glue joint, put wax paper or plastic wrap between the woodworking clamp and the joint to avoid permanently gluing the clamp to the project.
  • Whether you are building a baby crib just this once or plan on enjoying more woodworking projects, create hanging racks to keep your woodworking clamps organized, accessible, and in top condition.

Amish Woodworking Principles We Can All Use to Build Baby Furniture

Growing up in Ohio, I knew all about the level of quality built around Amish furniture. It was taken for granted that, if you wanted a fine piece of furniture and didn’t know how (or want) to build it yourself, you went to the Amish. When I moved out west to Colorado, I was surprised by not only how little everyone knew about the Amish community but also how the term Amish furniture meant little.

The principles of Amish woodworking, however, remain alive. In fact, by even considering building your own baby furniture, you are embarking on a noble path coveted by millions of people. You are choosing to make something—yourself—that will stand the test of time. Even though you may not be familiar with the tenets of Amish woodworking, you are going to find yourself immersed in them anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

Basic Woodworking Tools for Baby Cribs: Band Saw

Building a baby crib is a rewarding experience but it can be…*cough*…complicated. Have you ever had the cord to your sabre saw get caught on the end of a board, you go off your carefully marked line (measure twice and cut once), and you curse yoursel for wasting a perfectly good piece of wood? Have you ever run the sabre saw a little too close to your work bench and had it kick back on you? This is not only a pain but causes uneven cuts and ruins good components for you baby crib. Thankfully, there is a better way to construct your baby crib—a band saw. Read the rest of this entry »