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Handmade Traditional Cot

Jonathan was asked to make a cot for a close friend that was expecting her first child.

The cot was constructed using recycled maple floorboards, mahogany from a damaged wardrobe and locally sourced oak.  The cot included over 100 traditional mortice and tenon joints, food safe clear coating, removable (locking) front panel and the photo shows a very satisfied end user!

This project posed some difficult challenges.  The customer wanted pale solid woods, the cot must be easy to use and be able to be disassembled for storage and transportation.  However the most important consideration was safety.  Jonathan carefully researched all current safety legislation regarding cot construction which included spacing of bars, safe materials and coatings, corner profiles.  Cot design is a complex area as cots have been responsible for many deaths and serious injuries of children

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