Living in South Florida gives me the ability to work under the bright Florida sun by simply rolling the woodworking power tools out from under the roof. On days like the one when this photo was taken, when rain is expected later in the afternoon, most of the tools can be kept under the roof, and rolled away into large lockable storage rooms in less than five minutes.
Building a Wooden baby cot is an easy task for a professional woodworker, but not so much for normal people like you and me. But that doesn’t mean you cannot do this. Two years ago, I had almost no woodworking experience, but now I make most of my household and baby cot by myself. This creativity saves a lot of money. And believe me when I say this; you can also manage to make wonderful wooden items with a little practice and some woodworking experience. This baby cot can also be made in different sizes and shapes as you can find on the internet.
I used a #00 Steel Wool and White Vinegar solution to patina the wood and give it an aged look. Put a good handful of steel wool in a jar and add white vinegar. Let the vinegar dilute the steel wool for at least 3 to 4 days. The mixture will get darker the longer you let it sit. I let mine sit for a full week. Once diluted, simply brush the mixture on your piece. Oxidation will occur as the mixture reacts with the tannins in the wood to give it variations in color. It changed the Fir wood to dark blues, greys, browns, and black. Do not use white Pine because it will not darken much at all. If you'd rather use a stain, Minwax has some great choices to choose from. A couple of my favorites are Special Walnut, Dark Walnut, Provincial, Weathered Grey, and Golden Oak.
Because the legs I used are rather large and chunky, I wanted my apron to be larger than normal so it looked proportional. Typically, a 2×4 is fine for an apron, but I used 2x6s and cut them down to 4 1/2″ wide using a table saw. A standard 2×6 is 5 1/2″ wide. You could leave it at 5 1/2″, just keep in mind the chair height and make sure you will have enough leg room to slide under. If you wanted a less chunky leg, Timber Wolf has many other options on their website 🙂