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A Peruvian Walnut Cradle

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Blog series by jusfine updated 10-27-2011 12:47 AM 4 parts 12441 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: And in the beginning...

10-26-2011 04:11 AM by jusfine | 8 comments »

September 16, 2011 Our first granddaughter was born today, and although I had thought about it for some time leading up to her birth, other “more important things” just kept coming up, but now that she is here, I am seriously starting to build this cradle and don’t really think it will take more than a couple weekends of hard work. I think she is smiling as she knows that is not going to happen… Problem number 1 arrived unexpectedly as the Peruvian Walnut ...

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Part 2: Now we are Rocking and Rolling!

10-26-2011 06:20 PM by jusfine | 3 comments »

After a number of failed attempts on the table saw to match the angles perfectly, I realized I could make the cuts simpler and more accurate with the track saw, and so I set the angle at 10 degrees for each piece, with the blade tilted at 1.5 degrees (which was needed to keep the shape square). I still do not fully understand why, but more about that in the final chapter. Next I set the fingers on the jig and marked the center and proceeded to cut the pins. With a 24̶...

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Part 3: We have the pieces, let's put it all together!

10-26-2011 07:37 PM by jusfine | 3 comments »

Finally I can begin to assemble the pieces and get this project finished before she grows up and leaves home… In order to clamp the cradle sides and ends, I had to fashion some “brackets” or cauls to support my clamps which would keep the same angle and stay off of the dovetails while I glued it together. Since there was at least a week between cutting the pieces and assembly (I had burned my left hand in a yard fire and that kept me out of the shop for almost 4 d...

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Part 4: Lessons Learned (what not to do next time)

10-27-2011 12:47 AM by jusfine | 5 comments »

It was enjoyable building the cradle, but there were a few things that caused me some grief and hopefully this will help someone else avoid the same mistakes. I used Peruvian Walnut and thicknessed it to 7/8”.The rockers were made from Tigerwood (Congolo Alves) and were finished at 1 1/4” thick.Length of this cradle was 39”, width was 16”. If you require any other measurements, let me know and I can get them (I know the owner). Here is the PDF from Leigh which...

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