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    Is this dangerous? I wanted to just make new ends for the cot. My friend said its probably too dangerous.

    The one I'm looking at is $1400 😳 I could probably make one for 1/4 of price!!


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    I don't understand how it could be too dangerous? As long as it fits together snugly, has no sharp splintery edges and you use non toxic paint/varnish - which I assume you would anyway.....?

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    Of course it's not dangerous if it's done properly. Sure, you may not be a professional... but so long as you pay attention to detail and make sure you do it right I see no issue.

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    do you want solid ends or 'open' ends.

    are you going solid timber of MDF

    I did my trade as a Carpenter and Joiner, can give you advise if you desire. Cant see why you can not do a better job than Ikea if you have the tools and the patience and their stuff meets the AS (Australian Standards)

    post some pics of what you have and what you want it to be


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    I am using a home made cot, made by a very good friend of mine (has been used by his three kids first).

    As long as it meets the Australian Standard AS2172:2003 you should be fine. The standard can be downloaded from various websites.

    Key things to consider are: gap between the railings, height between mattress and top of the cot, gap between sides of cot and the mattress and the mechanism for raising/lowing the sides.

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    I was going to just use the cheaper boori cot and change the ends with MDF! I want to make the ends like a puffy pin cushion LOL! I probably aren't explaining it great!

    And..... Leopard print 😁😁😁😁


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    relatively simple to do, should be fine and with MDF the sheet will cost you between $20 - $50 depending where you get it. The treatment will probably cost more than the structure.


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    I'd just be careful about any thing on the ends that are like fabric cot bumpers ( which can be puffy fabric at the ends of the cot) which I'm sure you are doing anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    I was going to just use the cheaper boori cot and change the ends with MDF! I want to make the ends like a puffy pin cushion LOL! I probably aren't explaining it great!

    And..... Leopard print 😁😁😁😁


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    Do you mean the puffy ends on the outside of the cot? That's cool!

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    Similar to this (on the outside on the ends)!


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