This step by step diy woodworking project is about crib plans. If you want to learn more about building a cribbed frame, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are many other designs and plans to choose from when building projects for your backyard, so make sure you take a close look over the related plans that are featured on our site. Don’t forget that the plans are designed for a queen size mattress, so make sure you make a few adjustments if needed.
There are many plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the furniture plans featured on our website. Plan everything with attention and adjust the size and the shape of the bed to suit your needs. Plumb the legs and make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the galvanized screws into place. Drill pilot or pocket holes to prevent the wood from splitting. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
Projects made from these plans
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- A – 6 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 5” long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 30″ long, 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 30″ long, 10 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 30″ long SIDES
- C – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 53 1/2″ long, 20 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 30″ long FACES
- D – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 53 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 27″ long BED FRAME
- E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 52″ long, 11 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 27″ long SLATS
- 9 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 8 ft
- 12 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood filler
- wood glue
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Post-hole digger
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Building a crib
The first step of the project is to build the bed frame for the crib. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to assemble the bed frame out of 1×3 lumber.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the long components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are right-angled and add glue to the joints. Attach the 1×1 cleats to the interior faces of the bed frame.
Continue the project by attaching the 1×3 support slats to the cleats. Cut the support slats at the right size and fit them to the bed frame. Drill pilot holes through the slats and secure them to the cleats, by suing 1 1/4″ screws.
Building the front and the back face of the crib is a straight-forward process, as you need to assemble the frame out of 1×3 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical components and secure them to the horizontal components.
Top Tip: Cut the balusters out of 1×2 lumber and drill pocket holes. Fit the balusters inside the frame and lock them using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints.
The next step of the project is to build the sides of the crib. Build the frame of the walls out of 1×3 lumber (use 1×4 lumber for the bottom component). Drill pocket holes at both ends of the side components and secure them to the top and bottom components. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 1×2 balusters and fit them between the frame. Insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frame and place them equally-spaced.
Continue the project by assembling the frame of the crib together. Drill pocket holes along the side components of the front and face walls. Align everything with great care and make sure the corners are right-angled. Add glue to the joints and make sure there are no gaps between the components.
Attach the 1×3 legs to the crib, as described in the plans. Smooth the cut edges of the legs and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Pre-drill the components before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Fit the bed frame inside the crib and make sure it is perfectly horizontal, by placing a spirit level on top of the support slats. Drill pilot holes through the bed frame and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the crib. Add glue to the joints and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the bed from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the bed in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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One of my grandchildren is having my 3rd great-grandchild, her husband has just been sent to Iraq and she asked me to make a crib for the baby.