Don had asked that I provide some additional pictures and notes on the construction of the Cradle / Glider that I designed and made. The pictures are posted at Flickr
The First cradle was made out of wormy popular. Pictures are not found as of yet. Every cradle that I’ve made my wife said, “I want one.” For the first I cut the parts but never assembled it.
The second cradle was made for another daughter. and
For the second one I never cut the parts. It was made with cherry and maple with Sapele Pomele veneer on the mattress base.
The third one was a Curly Cherry and Satin maple rendition. I entered that cradle into a contest at Woodhaven.com I used one of their tools in the construction of the cradle. It won first prize, but it was hardly a contest because i was the only person to submit an entry. (They haven’t run another contest since then)
On the third one my daughter whom I made the cradle for came to me and said, “Mom really wants a cradle.” This is the one that I entered into the contest at woodhaven.com.
So I made a fourth one it was the same design as the third one, but it was made with Walnut, and I entered it into the first contest to be held at LumberJocks.com. I persevered and was able to come home with first prize . I never won a T-Shirt (to which I am forever sorry) but I was asked to provide pictures and the story of the creation of this cradle to Woodcraft magazine and it was published in the February 2007 issue under the title of Show-off Plus. It was a full page story and pictures.
I then went back and posted the pictures of the cherry and maple cradle Cradle number 3 to Lumberjocks.com with some of the assembly pictures. I hadn’t made many pictures of the Walnut version because it was the same design as the Cherry Version.
So it was as the result of the Cherry cradle posting that a request for additional pictures were made. I have had a request for the plans from a shop teacher in Alaska (Plans don’t exist except in my head) And a request for additional info from Zipsss (LumberJocks id).
He and his wife stopped by today April 13, 2007 on their way from New Jersey to Washington DC. So I showed him the cradle and the assembly parts and so then he left saying that he’d contact me later if/when he has problems.
So here we go.
I made a full size working layout of the end panel of the cradle.
It’s 36” tall at the center, it’s 24” wide at the widest spot on the side and 16 1/2” at the bottom. I measured that to be a 6.5 degree slope off of 90 deg.
Someone with Sketchup or other drafting programs might give me the actual deviation.
There is a reason why I wanted that slope and I’ll get to it later if anyone asks.
The mattress size was large cradle size 36” X 18” (in actual it was 36 3/4 X 18 1/4 on the mattress that I bought. So the mattress board needed to be large enough for that size that made the ends 36 1/4 apart on the inside.
Closer up view of the full size end panel mock-up on plywood.
This is on the full size template that I made of the end. I made a parts list of size of each part and the number of parts needed.
Another view of the mock-up
This is a continuation of the parts list This is the section for the spindles
continuation of parts list This section shows the mattress base and the end view of the back and front support and front drop-down.
This contains a closer view of the layout lines. I drew a line for part edges and also a dotted line for milling depths so that I could determine the raised panel dimensions
I made a miter fence alignment gauge using the 83.5 degrees and the 96.5 degrees so that I could set the fence to cut the appropriate angles.
I created a story stick for the parts list all parts with the same widths were grouped together for ease in cutting the appropriate lengths and to get the greatest utilization out of strips of wood. and
The story stick had the finished size and the number of parts that I needed and the part number (A, B etc) I put a piece of masking tape on the right and when the part was cut I put a dot beside the part so that I knew when I was finished with that part. The masking tape was to allow to remove the tape and start with another cradle or some other need. After the part was milled with the style and rail cuttings I circled the dot to let me know that the part was finished. Both sides of the story stick are used one side for end panels and back and front panel and the other side for the base.
This is my “Dumb A**” parts identifier.
It is an iridescent price sticker from an office supply house. I stick one on the back of each part. It contains the part id (A, B etc), the finished size (I always cut oversize when rough cutting and then the sticker lets me know finished size) If I needed to cut an angle on the end I might use a different color sticker for special milling instructions. I also put an arrow that points to the side that needs milling. (Outside parts don’t get style and rail cuts on both sides, inside parts do) Left and right hand parts need different milling. So the sticker shows me where I need to cut. So if its on the router table I better see the sticker or I have the part upside down. Most routing operations are done with the front side toward the table. Therefore the sticker is on the back.
I stack all of the parts needing milling on the same side on the router table with the side needing milling facing the router bit. I then mill only that side. I put the part up. When finished I turn the parts remove, any that don’t need a second milling, and then mill that surface. I then re-stack my parts and work my way around the parts so that only parts that need that operation are close enough to be grabbed. and I only do the operation on that side. It has kept me from milling both sides of outside parts and then having to re-cut them again and possibly have to joint and plane more parts.
The stringer between the two legs are held in place by bed frame hardware
If anyone wants the actual parts names and measurements send me an e-mail and I’ll get them together and send them to you. I’ve not shown any pictures of the leg assembly and hanger assembly and you would like to see that let me know and I’ll update this blog.
Copyright 4/13/2007 Karson W. Morrison
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