DIY – Building a modern baby crib – Part 1 of 3

DIY – Building a modern baby crib – Part 1 of 3


Let’s start with the construction of the crib frame. To round off the corners of the head and footboard I will make two 30mm radiuses. I use a spiral pattern bit on the router table and a 30mm radius pattern to route the radiuses. To finish the head and footboard I make a 2mm chamfer on all the edges. The next step is making a jig to route all the holes in the sides of the crib. To make to long straight cuts I use my Festool TS55 track saw. Align the front marker with the end of your cut and fix the limit stop on the front of the saw. Align the back marker with the beginning of the cut. Set the depth stop on full cutting depth. Finish the cutout with a jigsaw. File all the edges smooth. Now mark all the cutouts on the sides of the crib. To make all the cutouts, I used a big pattern bit on the router. To reduce the amount of material that I needed to route away, I removed the most amount with a jigsaw. To make the cutout, line-out and clamp the jig to the crib side. Now follow the template with the pattern bit on the router and route away the excess material. Repeat the process for all the cutouts. To finish the sides I also make a 2mm chamfer on the top/bottom edges and the edges of the cutouts. To make an invisible connection with all the crib parts I use a connector called BUTTON-Fix type 1 flush. The manufacturer advised us to use 4 type 1 flush connectors on each corner to make it rigid enough. Since the buttons are 22mm wide, I used a 22mm bit on my router to route out the space. Woohoo, it’s a perfect fit. 🙂


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