Building a Round Baby Crib Building a Round Baby Crib
A round baby crib is not only for aesthetic purposes, but this type of crib is actually important from a standpoint of safety. By having a round baby crib, you are able to see the baby from every angle, and there are also no sharp corners. Assuming you can even find a round baby crib on the market, you will be paying top dollar for one. If you have some experience working with wood, then you can build a round baby crib yourself. This article will show you how.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- OSB board
- Varnish or paint
- Wooden spindles
- Circular wood railing
- 2-inch by 4-inch by 8-foot long board
- Power screwdriver
- Work gloves
- Wood putty
- Wood glue
- Round mattress
- Drill bits
Step 1 – Make the Base
You can create a round baby crib easily by first making the base. Place the OSB board on a flat surface and create a circle that is 4-feet in diameter by using the protractor. Use the saw and carefully cut the circle out of the OSB board.
Step 2 – Prepare the Wood
Use the sander and a fine-grit sandpaper to sand down the cut OSB board and also the spindles and the railing. Once you have sanded the wood, you can stain, varnish or paint the pieces. Make sure the wood pieces are completely dry before continuing.
Step 3 – Legs
You want the round baby crib to be set slightly off of the floor, and you will achieve this by using the excess wooden spindles. Use these spindles and remove the ends. The crib should be no more than six inches off the ground. Flip the base over and place the pieces around the base one inch from the edge and equally spaced apart. Nail them in place, then flip the base over.
Step 4 – Make the Railings
Measure an inch from the edge of the base, and create a circle. Place a mark along this circle every four inches. At these marks, drill shallow pilot holes smaller than the spindle's screw end. Place a few drops of wood glue inside the pilot holes, and screw the spindles in place. Wipe off the excess wood glue. Make holes with a drill the size of the spindle end on the circular railings. In these holes, put wood glue and press the railing on top of the spindles. Wipe off the excess glue and secure in place with nails. The fact that the railings are spaced so close together is a safety feature. If the spindles were further apart, there would be enough room for the baby's head to slip through the bars and become stuck.
Step 5 – Finishing
The round baby crib is nearly finished. Locate all of the holes made by nails, apply wood putty over them, and scrape off the excess putty. Once the putty has dried, you can go over the areas with more varnish. At this point, you can place the round baby mattress and the sheet along with the blankets in place.