black walnut cradle

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Project by RogerLee posted 2074 days ago 1435 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

made for my daughter’s first born. entire cradle is walnut except for the bed bottom part.

-- Roger

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#1 posted 2074 days ago


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 2074 days ago

Nice looking cradle. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 2074 days ago

Great job and congratulations on the pending birth.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#4 posted 2074 days ago

Nice Job.
If you look back a few days you will finda posting for one I made that is quite similar in cherry wood. I have made four of them in the past dozen years and consequently developed a couple of refinements; like a nylon bushing on the pivot to keep it smooth and quiet. The other was assembly with brass bolts and threaded metal inserts so the cradle could be disassembled and stored flat. (more likely to be kept as a heirloom that way) One problem I have not solved is how to lock the bed in place so that when the child rolls over it does not tilt and trap the infant on one side. The most logical method would be a movable metal or wood pin between the upright support and the cradle’s bed frame.
I checked out your clocks. They are great too. I have also made a dozen or so wall clocks but no grandfathers.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 2074 days ago

what joinery did you use between the uprights and trhe feet? I am also making one out of walnut for my new grand-daughter. Yours looks great – very impressive. LesB: I like yhe nylon bushing techniquie.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#6 posted 2074 days ago

That’s a great heirloom piece. I made one 5 years back. I hope you get as much pleasure from yours as I got from mine.

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#7 posted 2073 days ago

I used wood dowels and wood screws with a walnut plug to cover them. I also used the brass bolt with the threaded insert, but then I added a brass acorn nut to “lock” the bolt to the tightness I wanted it to be. also used a good wood glue for everything. Like ALL my wood projects the thing I hate most is the SANDING. But I work thru it and do sections at a time. LesB , I also made a grandfather clock but I did not post it. I used a clock movement that is quartz and takes battery’s. These are quite nice for the money, BUT A LOT CHEAPER. I find they keep very good time as well. all the weights and the pendulem are for looks. But I have a lot of antique clocks and I dont have to keep winding these. The grandfather clock I made is also of solid black walnut, I had gotten a good deal on the walnut. This clock is right at 6 foot tall. Thanks for your coments and have a safe holiday.

-- Roger

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#8 posted 2073 days ago

This is an awesome project. Very nice. Many years ago I was thinking of making one of these for a gift to some friends and didn’t get around to it. Yours is an inspiration to me to make one. Now, just have to find someone who has a baby on the way :)

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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