Because I have this need to make every project harder to prove some sort of point, I made it all out of pallets... The turned legs, the steam bent top, the smooth baby safe rail slots, all pallet wood. She has been using this co-sleeper sense we brought her home and it works great. Thanks so much for looking and enjoy!!
Step 1: What You Need
A LOT of patiences
Step 2: Disassemble Those Pallets
Make sure that you take out all of the nails before preparing the wood. I used 18 pallet boards for this project. Yup it's quite a lot of pallet boards but I know you can do it. Find your favorite pallet destroyer tool and we can get on to the next step
Step 3: You Know Its All About That Base
I nailed all the the boards on with a brad nailer and the frame is done as easy as that.
Step 4: Prepare Your Boards
Ok so I know it's not as safe to plane pallet boards as a boards that you bought but here's the thing... If you want to use pallets to make something other than coat racks and coffee tables, then you going to have to go for it. I have been using my planer for pallet for years and they still cut like butter. Sorry for the rant but there it is.
Anyway, run your board through the planer and jointer to get a smooth square surface. The boards do not all have to be the same thickness. Just run them through enough that they have two smooth sides. You'll need about 15 smooth boards.
Step 5: Let Make Some Legs
I took 4 of the planed boards and glued them together. Apply a generous amount of wood glue and clamp the boards together.
You want to start off with a square stock of wood when to start turning. I squared the board with the table saw and then ran each side through the jointer to make everything smooth.
I do not yet have a lathe so I had to go to my grandpas shop. Start by rounding the board and then carve style as you go. I know that is not a great explanation but that's all I've got. I knew the general look that I wanted and I just kind of winged it. Play Around with the shape until you get something that you like. Make two matching legs and you're on to the next step.
Step 6: Bend Some Wood
I started by cutting one of the pallets into and inch and 3/4 strip. Then I routed the edges and a track out of the middle that the other slats would slide in to. I put it into the steamer box and let it sit for about 45mins. I wasn't sure how long to let it go for but this seemed to work well.
I made a form out of a 2x10. I cut a very simple curve into the board and when it came out of the steamer box it bent right around the form. I clamped it up and let it sit for about 3 days. There was a little bit of spring back when I took it out of the form but not bad at all. It was really a very cool experience.
Step 7: The Slats
I did not do the assembly very scientifically. I started with the middle and the outside slats and then just kind of eyeballed the rest. I know that's not the way to do it but when I was making this is was like -21 degrees and I wanted to get it done. I used a finishing nailer to nail the slats to the base and through the top. After I did the back and the sides I nailed those together as well.