Cradle for our son...

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Project by mot posted 05-13-2007 06:23 AM 1972 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m in the process of updating my information on lumberjocks to make it current. I’m posting some older projects. I hope that I don’t become annoying with some of my older stuff.

This was a fun project. My wife and I were expecting our second child, and my shop was pretty well setup to do something major. I say major because this project involved lots of classic joinery, with no mechanical fasteners (except for how the crib sits on the pedestals.)

My only regret about this project is that I didn’t have my shop setup to make this for our daughter when she was born. I’d have loved to make her something and then hand it down to her brother. Instead, I made her a wonderful Noah's Ark Toy. She has started to have an interest in woodworking and we will make something together.

The cradle was from a plan that I found online. I wanted to make a crib, but finding crib hardware in Canada is impossible. I came across the cradle plan on It’s all mortise and tenon joinery.

I made the crib from red oak. I had honed my skills with my jointer, planer, tablesaw and bandsaw on my daughters Noah’s Ark project. I was ready for this. It’s finished with three coats of amber shellac and resides in our sitting room upstairs. My son was not a sleeper. He slept about 45 minutes out of every 2 hours for the first 9 months of his life, and thus didn’t spend much time in this cradle. It was still fun to make and maybe it will be handed down to grandchildren.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 05-13-2007 06:24 AM

It is very nice. Cradles are popular items. What kind of wood? Cherry.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-13-2007 06:28 AM

This is made of red oak. I had originally considered cherry and maple, but didn’t have a supplier in the area that could adequately provide wood to compensate for the amount of mistakes I make. :) Nah, the house has a ton of red oak in it and I just like making things with it. Sharp blades and backer pieces for all cuts and tearout isn’t an issue. This is finished with amber shellac in about a 1# cut from flakes purchased at LV.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 05-13-2007 06:29 AM

New, old, not finished, being finished, etc. We like ‘em all. Nice craddle…keep posting!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-13-2007 06:33 AM

Just wait till you’re boy uses it for his little dudes. Nice cradle.

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 05-13-2007 07:14 AM

Nice job. My very first project was a cradle for my daughter 2 years ago. I posted it earlier today. You apparantly had much more experience when you built yours! Nice finish. I almost built a new one for my son who is 3 months old now that a few thousand dollars on equipment has found my garage over the last couple years. That’s him sitting on me in my image to the left. I couldn’t bring myself to replace the first cradle. It’s not a work of art, but it has meaning. Keep em coming.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#6 posted 05-13-2007 12:51 PM

this is wonderful … and then you get a non-sleeper. .Figures haha

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 05-14-2007 05:55 PM

This is a great craddle…you should be proud of it. It’s amazing how people love to see craddles! I work as a docent for Sam Maloof and I love it when I get to the room that has the craddle in it. I get more questions and comments (and gasps when they hear the price) about this peice…even more than the spiral staircase or rockers.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#8 posted 05-14-2007 07:13 PM

Yes, please post old projects. I am trying to get to taking pictures, but with everything else… Anyway, old projects show progression and development and that is always interesting and informative.

-- John

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#9 posted 07-07-2007 03:26 AM

Nice work, Tom. It looks like you must have had a lot of practice on your mortise and tenon joinery.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 07-07-2007 04:04 AM

Great cradle Tom. It’s interesting to see all of the various variations on trying to get baby’s a place to sleep.

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

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#11 posted 12-19-2007 01:48 AM

Love your work very nice! What type of finish did you use? I’m expecting a baby in a couple weeks and have been looking for crib hardware and a good natural finish. I found a crib kit online at it comes with the plans, mattress springs, double drop gate hardware and teething rails all for $110

-- Jono, Vancouver,

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