It doesn't take long for new parents (and grandparents) to learn that baby furniture isn't just expensive, but the little ones will outgrow it almost before it's paid for. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, however, this handsome nursery set provides an affordable alternative.
As a crib, this convertible crib and bed fits a standard crib mattress and features two drawers below and a cabinet above. When the baby outgrows the crib, the project converts to a junior-sized captain's bed simply by removing the cabinet, slatted sides and footboard.
The matching changing table and dresser also features two big drawers and a cabinet for plenty of storage. Even simpler to convert than the crib, the project's removable changing top allows it to be transformed into a "big kid" dresser in a matter of minutes.
Both projects are made of oak (as pictured; almost any other wood will work), and construction is simple. First, cut out the pieces and sand everything. Next, assemble using screws, glue and dowels. Finally, apply finish of choice and install the hardware.
The crib and bed measures about 68 inches long by 39 inches tall by 38 inches deep; the changing table and dresser is about 47 inches tall by 31 inches wide by 18 inches deep.
The Nursery Set, No. C158, is $16.95 and includes both plans. Each includes step-by-step instructions with photos, detailed diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions. Separately, plans for the Crib and Bed (No. 936) and Changing Table and Dresser (No. 937) are $9.95 each. A free catalog picturing dozens of projects is also available. Please include $4 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.
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