Baby Cradle #3: Shaping the bottom

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Blog entry by Bob Giovannini posted 10-29-2009 02:18 PM 1143 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: step 2 - shaping the base Part 3 of Baby Cradle series Part 4: Creating the jig for the top rail »

This next step involved shaping the bottom of the base. After scribing a line 2 1/8 inches in, I used a circular saw set to a depth of 7/8 inch. The next time I do something like this I will make the cuts closer together to make removal easier.

Then with chisel (ok – for all parents and in-laws reading this, which should be 4 – a nice set of chisels for your son would be a great way to show you care about your soon to be new grandchild :) ) and mallet, I cleared the bottom. I then scribed a new line at 2 inches in for the final edge. With a pneumatic sander I quickly smoothed out the gauges made with the chisel, followed by an orbital sander. The latter gave me much more control to smooth out the contours around the curve.

The next step finish the bevel on the bottom and start on the jig to handle the top rail.

Initial cuts with the circular saw and starting to chisel
Initial cuts with the circular saw and starting to chisel.

Getting approval from the supervisor
Getting approval from the supervisor.

Inside rough sanded
Inside base rough sanded.

-- -Bob, Portland, Maine

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#1 posted 10-29-2009 02:22 PM

Looks like it is taking its intended shape.
If you have router, you can remove the stock evenly using bowl/dish cutter bit or bottom cleaning bit.
like this

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 10-29-2009 03:18 PM

Woodworm – i did not even think to do it with a router bit. Well it was fun with the chisels – but next time definitely will do it with the router.

-- -Bob, Portland, Maine

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 04:19 AM

Looks good

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