It doesn’t seem like it but I put in a long day and got a lot done. I put the main runners together and fit the hardware. Then measured again and did some layout work. I was then able to cut the cross members. Once I had that done I started to cut out the main runners to accept the crossmembers. These will be all threaded as well as glued. Any members have any tips for boring thru main runners and cross members? The paint turned out really nice.
Well still not a whole lot of woodworking yet. I spent two days removing old paint and loose rust with a needler and wire wheel. After that I coated the surface with ospho to convert the rust to clean metal. Then I put the cannon in a mock up cradle and took some more measurements. Finally I hung the cannon up for primer and paint. !https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/Paint removal. Cleaned up and putting ospho on. Fresh coat of ospho. Cured ospho and placed in moc...
I’ve received the brass hardware back from blasting and polishing. Now I can start cutting and laying out pieces for the carriage! I’ve spoken to several retired navy sailors and found out that people would take spent shells and or parts from decommission ships and cast them into other parts. So WM.C. Capehart was probably the person that made the cast pattern and the U.S.S. Vulcan was a repair ship that served beginning in the 1940’s and was scrapped in 2006. Here is the Wi...
After getting the signatures burned into the cradle it was time for stain. I did some extensive research on-line (here and on other woodworking websites) about staining maple and I found out how difficult it is. I opted to use General Finishes Java Gel stain. This stuff is like pudding! Below is a picture of it after I applied it but before I wiped it off. Here are the results of applying two coats of the stain. After letting the stain set for 48 hours I applied the ...
About 3 days after I got the parts for the cradle I broke out the plans…hoo boy….I may have bit off more than I can handle with this one. My shop is not equipped for larger projects. I have yet to get a band saw, table saw, router and router table, a planer. My shop is better equipped for smaller wood projects, pens, toys, puzzles, etc. So..following the plans I started with the two rockers. Have you SEEN U-Bild plans?!? OMG! What the heck did I get myself into?!? I tap...
Awhile ago I found out I was going to be a first time grandpa! My daughter and son-in-law had been trying to have kids for over 5 years. They did all the tests, and fertility things. She found out she was pregnant (for real and not just “chemically”) in November of 2014. I knew then that I wanted to make something for them to keep in our family for a long time. Some of the criteria that I had in my head when picking a project: It had to be fairly basic. I don’t have a...
Hello, my name is Jerry, I’m retired and live in the country with my wife. I ‘very much’ consider myself a beginner furniture maker. This is the third cradle I’ve made – this one is for a Great Grandson. There are no metal fasteners in this cradle. This cradle is made from trees I cut from our property, eastern red cedar and elm – both considered trash trees. I have a small bandmill which I use to saw the trees into something I can us...
I am building my first real piece of furniture out of ALL wood. I have made tables, beds and bakers racks, among other things, out of steel and wood with some glass. I have never used nice hardwood and made what I consider fine furniture. I have been working on this cradle for a long time. Not everyday and only a couple hours at a time. I have run into some problems a long the way and have chalked them up to just a learning curve issue. Most could have been avoided with better plannin...
I’ve decided to build a cradle for an upcoming grandchild, and have (pretty much) settled on a glider type. I’ve been bouncing around the web & I’ve noted a couple things. First, there’s no real standard size mattress for these things, although 18”x36” seems to be the most prevalent. Here’s where I get to the”help wanted” part. I’ve noted that a number of LJocks have made cradles, (nice work guys, by the way) some appear t...
Welcome Fellow Lumberjock, I am writing this blog as a testament to the joy and simplicity of working with handtools. Handtools obviously require manual labor. But I am always up for burning off extra calories. Plus, in a handtool shop, I have no noise issues. I can listen to my favorite podcast or the football games on TV (on Sundays anyway). I also have no dust problems and don’t need a dust collection system. I feel it is also safer. The table saw, router, and such can bite ...
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