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How do you build your own baby crib?

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Build a crib by cutting and assembling the necessary pieces according to your own design or plans available online or from other furniture building resources. Designs vary in complexity and luxury, but most feature wood construction.

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Before beginning construction, gather the necessary supplies and tools, which usually include a saw, a drill, screws, a tape measure and safety gear. Most designs use wood slats for the walls of the crib that range from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches in width. Normal wall height averages around 30 inches, with legs extending an additional 6 inches to 1 foot in height. Some designs feature solid walls on two ends, while others use slats all the way around.

Regardless of the design chosen, cut all the boards to the necessary length, then assemble the crib frame according to the plans. Pre-drill screw holes on small boards with a drill bit to prevent cracking. Some designs connect the slats to the crossbars and frame using pegs created from dowels. For these designs, measure and mark the location of each peg on the crossbar and frame before drilling holes into the end of each slat, the crossbar and the frame with a drill bit slightly larger than the peg. Glue the pegs into each hole.

For designs with a side wall that folds down, construct the frame and other three sides before adding the pre-constructed moving side with hinges or sliders.

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