17 comments on “Baby’s Cot

  1. Hello team and Merry Christmas!
    It would be great for Paul, at some point (perhaps in the introduction) to go through his design considerations.
    For example I liked the warnings you gave for the different safety standards, we in the UK have the British Standards office for guidelines on manufacturing specifications. However, was there consideration for the overall height of the mattress for picking up and putting down? My first search on the internet suggested that “some experts advise on bars all the way around for air flow”. Paul went for solid ends. Are dimensions limited by stock selection?…and so on.
    I really like everything you are doing. I’m fitting the door to the bathroom cabinet project that I have made out of scraps of wood to the dimensions of the stock I had. These videos have given me the confidence to make furniture of lasting quality for my home.
    I am beginning to adapt Paul’s plans i.e. sticking a large version of the tool cabinet on a two drawer chest as a wardrobe.
    Design is becoming more and more important to me as I develop my skills.
    Regards and, again, Have a Merry Christmas

  2. I was attempting to locate safety requirements for baby cribs applicable for the US. Searched for information for almost an hour. I was bounced around through many sites that discussed issuance of new guidelines but could never get to the ASTM standards referenced. The ASTM standard was adopted in 2010 and appears to be the most current. However the ASTM standards are proprietary and require purchase , 50$ for a PDF. I did find a site that does provide some general guidelines and list the Applicable ASTM standards
    “Safety standards document that cribs used in facilities should be made of wood, metal, or plastic. Crib slats should be spaced no more than two and three-eighths inches apart, with a firm mattress that is fitted so that no more than two fingers can fit between the mattress and the crib side in the lowest position. The minimum height from the top of the mattress to the top of the crib rail should be twenty inches in the highest position. Cribs with drop sides should not be used. The crib should not have corner post extensions (over one-sixteenth inch). The crib should have no cutout openings in the head board or footboard structure in which a child’s head could become entrapped. The mattress support system should not be easily dislodged from any point of the crib by an upward force from underneath the crib. All cribs should meet the ASTM F1169-10a Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, ”
    There is also a standard for Non full sized cribs.
    Unbelievable that it is so difficult to obtained detailed info.
    Also be aware of mattress safety. Check mattress certification for each manufacturer.
    I am very computer literate and actually a retired engineer familiar with ASTM and its standards. Hope someone can possible provide a source for viewing the guidelines.

  3. Paul, this project is very timely. My niece just had her first baby is July and loves the rocking chair I made for her. In fact, I received a commission to make another for one of her friends. (This is a town in nowhere BC full of beautiful young women who love babies!). I’m really looking forward to making this crib. It will only require one change to comply with our rules, but it’s minor and should pose no problem. Now that you’re in the baby furniture making groove, maybe you could come up with a high chair. I should think between us old grand dads and young fathers your audience would love such a series of baby things. I’m currently researching high chair designs but if one is in your cards would wait to see the masterpiece you would come up with.

      • Hi Ian. Sorry for the delay in replying. Our regs indicate only a 1/16th extension past the sides for the corner posts where Pauls are slightly longer. That is, if I’m reading everything correctly. I won’t start my cot until Paul is finished his. I don’t like waiting, I lose the momentum. I’m going to build the bench stool as a preliminary step for a high chair. I’ve received no reply on my query of a possible high chair design so will see if I can come up with one.

        • Hi, I know the ASTM doc is very specific about the corner post extension limit because of reports of strangulation incident(s) in the past. Any one knows how the 1/16″ limit was arrived at? Wonder whether its just better to aim for corner post flush with the end panel/top rail.

  4. Hi Paul

    Happy belated birthday!

    As always this is another great project idea.

    You mention at the start about child safety at the forefront and that it is important that all of your loyal followers check with their specific locations regarding the same. It would be helpful if you shared some of those safety guidelines from the UK that you adhered to in deciding on your design and methods you chose in building the baby cot.

    Below I have provided a few sites that I found within the US about crib (in US cot in UK..haha) guidelines.

    Hope this is helpful and that I get the chance someday to build for my daughter!



    • Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Paul says:

      Actually in some ways that’s what it might be described as, however this will depend on which country and even which continent you live on. Here in the UK we can buy similar construction grade lumber to the US, and your question suggests you are in the USA because you use the term lumber. Here we use the term timber. In the UK, we have also access to a pine called Redwood and this is superior to the lumber grade wood you speak of.

      Kind Regards,

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