|Project by Matt||posted 09-12-2014 09:23 PM||1288 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
The room we chose to be our daughter’s nursery worked out in every way but size. We needed a changing tray that could be secured to the rails of the crib instead of adding a separate cabinet to the room. We found one that retails for over $250 for no apparent reason, but the design was perfect. So, I did some digging for reviews and other sources for pictures of the tray and made my own to fit the measurements of our crib and changing pad. This tray is made entirely out of some leftover 3/4” sandply. It has tracks on the bottom that hug the rails and webbing straps that secure each end to the rails underneath. The straps pass up, into the bottom of the tray and buckle under the pad. The tracks are felted to prevent damage to the crib rails. The whole thing was stained, then given 3 coats of boiled linseed oil. I gave it a couple weeks to fully dry and off-gas before bringing it into the nursery, just to be extra sure.
Note on boiled linseed oil:
If the intended child is a chewer, you might want to pick a different oil. Most boiled linseed oils have drying agents in them that can be toxic. I used Kleen-Strip’s version, which, according to their MSDS, does not contain such an agent, but you should still take care with it. My daughter isn’t a chewer (sadly, she wouldn’t even use the teether I made for her), so we just had to be sure to allow off-gas. Pure linseed oil will work just fine, but that’s way more expensive than you probably need to go. An alternative option ideal for baby would be coconut oil. It doesn’t go rancid like others and coconut oil has an antimicrobial quality to it. You’ll need to reapply a little more often, but it will be safe and is easily obtainable without killing the wallet. Additional benefit: coconut oil is great for baby’s skin, especially for diaper rash, and is cloth diaper safe unlike baby powder.