Superb craftsmanship for new arrival

Woodworker, Carl and his wife are expecting their first child in September. As woodworking is Carl’s hobby, he is making the nursery furniture himself. He has allowed Button-fix to share his blog showing his beautifully crafted baby’s cot.

The design

After having visited a few baby shops, we started writing down what we did and did not want:

  • It had to have a modern style. Not the standard bed with straight or round bars. Beech feet that look a bit vintage.
  • Not a single visible screw or fastening point. I personally hate it to have visible mounting hardware on any type of furniture.
  • It had to be white.
  • Inside dimensions of 120cm x 60cm

With these requirements I started to make the design of the bed and this is the result: 

Vintage baby's cot

The materials I used 30mm thick MDF to construct the frame of the bed. This is the best choice if you want a fine paint finish. One big sheet (1220mm x 3050mm) of MDF is enough to get all the parts you need. The safest is to user zero formaldehyde MDF. Unfortunately I could not find one with a thickness of 30mm.

For the base of the bed I used beech wood, planed down to a thickness of 30mm.  

The invisible connection

Since I hate visible connections in furniture, I had to find a solution to make them invisible. After doing some research there were 2 possible solutions. The Festool KV-sys and Button-fix.

I have used the Festool KV-sys in the past and It is a great product to join cabinets and other pieces of furniture together. It pulls the two pieces that need to be joined together for a tight join. The only downside of it was that it has one visible drillhole that can be hidden with a colored plastic cap. Since this would be used for a baby bed/crib a plastic cap was not a good solution.

The other solution was Button-fix, also a new and promising product. Button-fix has a few types of connectors for various application. One of which is the Type 1 Flush. The only worry I had was whether these were going to be strong enough. After some advice from the Button-fix engineers I was certain that it was strong enough for the application. They recommended to use four Type 1 Flush Button-fix connectors on each join. The only difference with the festool connectors is that the Button-fix is not designed to pull the parts that need to be joined together. To solve this I routed the space for the type 1 connector 0.5 mm deeper than the height of the connector. In the end this worked out great.

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The finish

To finish the MDF frame I started to coat all the MDF edges with brush sealer. After this dried I sanded all the edges. To receive the perfect matte finish everything was primered with one coat of Sikkens Rubbol BL Primer and three coats of Sikkens Rubbol BL magura. (Water based & low VOC). Between coats, the paint was sanded with 800 grit Festool Granat.

You can see the full blog together with details of all the materials used at Carl's Woodshop


Published | May 31, 2018

  • Baby's cot by Carls Woodshed

“Not a single visible screw or fastening point. I personally hate having visible mounting hardware on any type of furniture.”

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