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Blog series by paratrooper34 updated 06-02-2012 11:37 PM 5 parts 9769 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Baby's Cradle: A project done completely with hand tools.

11-14-2011 04:02 AM by paratrooper34 | 2 comments »

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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Part 2: Day Two: Shaping the Carcass and Dovetails!

11-16-2011 01:40 AM by paratrooper34 | 1 comment »

Ok, so day two now and big work today. I have the basic form of the cradle down and need to final shape and size all the pieces. So here is how I got it done: To square up the sides, I fashioned a makeshift shooting board. There is no substitute for a good shooting board and I am absolutely dependent on mine. Do any of you other handtool users use a shooting board much? So I made one for the top of the bench that would accommodate the full width of the carcass pieces. I had a...

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Part 3: A New Beginning

02-27-2012 02:55 AM by paratrooper34 | 0 comments »

Well, this project has been on the back burner for a few weeks. Why? Because it was faulty and it got broken. This double whammy killed it and I had to go back to the drawing board and start over. First off, the cradle was built too narrow. I am not sure how the one I got from the plans worked out, but mine was only off on measurements by the width of the boards which I didn’t factor in with the dovetail joinery. But still, the cradle should have been good enough as that was the o...

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Part 4: Dovetails and Fitting (And just a little bit of swearing!)

03-04-2012 11:39 PM by paratrooper34 | 1 comment »

Well, I got the four sides cut and squared and shaped. The next step was to start the dovetail cutting for the joinery. I decided to go against my traditional ways and cut the pins first instead of the tails. I always cut tails first since I started hand joinery and figured I was doing just fine with that. But I took a look at all of my projects that I did with dovetails and took mental notes each time I did that process and decided that my work could be better; the joints done with more ...

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Part 5: Down the Home Stretch and the Finish Line!

06-02-2012 11:37 PM by paratrooper34 | 1 comment »

Well, it has been a long journey on this project and it is finally complete and just in time for Isabella’s arrival in really any day now. This last blog entry will show the fitment, final assembly, finishing, and a summary. When I last left off, I glued the bottom panel together and the cradle was ready for glue up and assembly. I changed my mind when taking a look at the rocker pieces and trashed them in favor of some made from butternut to keep the piece pure butternut. Carca...

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