My Sawdust Chronicles Build Challenge Entry #1: Part 1 - The Beginning

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Blog entry by Jon Edmonds posted 09-07-2010 07:04 PM 960 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey all,
So I entered the Sawdust Chronicles 2010 Build Challenge. If you haven’t heard of them, they are a beginner woodworking Website that podcasts on subjects aimed at the beginning woodworker. Their site is Check them out, I’ve found them to be very helpful as I learn this thing called woodworking.
So back to point, I entered their yearly build challenge and after a false start with a different project choice, I’m on my way with a cradle for my soon to be here 3rd son.
I’ll be chronicling my progress, and process in this blog as I build the project. I’m doing this because I’d like your feedback on what I’m doing. I’ve done alot of listening and reading about woodworking but not a lot of actual work, so I’m not really sure what will work and what won’t. So feel free to give advice or just comment.
The project so far:
Project: Cradle
Materials: All solid wood cherry, I played with the idea of doing another wood to complement it but this is going to be challenging enough for me without that as well.
Dimensions: Roughly 31.5″x21.5″x21.5″.
Finish: Oil finish with a wax over that.
Accomplished so far:
After looking at way to many cradle pictures and plans for cradles, I decided to make my own. I chose a very simple design that I think is within my abilities to make and will result in a nice looking final product. One of the pictures shows a rough drawing.
I also finished the full scale drawings. I took the idea for doing a full scale drawing from one of the very early Sawdust Chronicles pod casts Rick Warren did. I’m glad I took the time, because the first design did work, it was way too shallow. The full scale drawings also allowed my wife to review the project and make some suggestions.
So my next step is to select some boards, talk to you all soon.

-- Jon In Sunny California

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 02:06 AM

planning is everything—looking good

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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