Okay I’m back and things have picked up a bit. I have the main body of the cradle assembled. I had to change the initial design a little. Originally I was going to only have a set of short rockers that connected to the bottom of the cradle but when my wife she asked me to make it taller. She also asked me to make is rock with a gliding mechanism but after looking at that I had to pass. I just didn’t think I could get it done in the time frame I have left. I am working the rockers and legs now and man are the rockers a pain. I don’t know if the way I am making them is off or if the process is just time consuming but these are taking forever.
I learned that alignment of panels in glue up is harder than I thought. Every panel I glued up had a lip on it between the boards. I even had a few the look like they shifted during glue up so the lip is twisted. My solution, biscuit jointer. So I found a use for that biscuit jointer after all. I also I learned that a thickness planner can help with this and another problem. I wasn’t using this tool because it gave me the willies but after using it I think it is way safer than the jointer.
A few details on the jointery. I was trying to figure out how to join everything together. I could use biscuits, rabits, grooves, ect but I eventually decided use butt joints and screws. I know there are better ways but the angles involved really threw me and I am running out of time. There have been many new learning experiences on this already and I already know how to do this kind of joint (used it before). Besides I like the contrast between the Cherry panels and the Walnut plugs.
Below are some pictures of the parts so far. Any feedback of suggestions are appreciated. I particularly like to know if there is a easier way to make rockers other than the band saw and a sander, this is taking much more time than I have.
By the way, the cradle is exactly 31 7/8th inches long from top edge to top edge. Talk about pushing it.
-- Jon In Sunny California