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 planning and a little more patience. I can honestly tell you that the patience thing is the very hardest part. I have been inundated my whole construction career with “That is close enough!” “What is taking so %$#damn long!” Yelled in my ear from day one for 25 years. That isn’t going to change anytime soon! So to slow down and take my time is very hard for me. My troubles have been minor until today. The problems have been mostly with the joinery. I have trouble getting a dowel joint to line up properly. They always seem to be just a little off. So I bought myself a dowel jig from Menards. Big mistake on that one. It could only be used on a butt joint and 1/2” material. Not what I needed. I went to Harbor Freight and picked one up. Believe it or not it works well! Not something I thought would happen with a precision tool from there. I also have trouble with making two pieces exactly the same. I think I have that figured out with the help of You Tube and this site. On to the big mistake! The way I ran the grain. On the leg for the cradle I had the bottom wider piece grain running parallel with the floor and the upright perpendicular to the floor. That means there has to be a joint where they meet. I dowelled those together and today when I was gluing the stretcher together the leg snapped right off. NOT GOOD! So I am going to change that. Actually I have not liked that since I made it. It seemed really weak. Especially for an item that is going to be holding a baby! So as I have titled this post. I am a Rookie Woodworker. I really do enjoy the building furniture that I can stand back and admire. Well, really the whole process minus the finishing! Hopefully I can start to enjoy that one day. Thanks for reading!