Baby cradle

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Project by Justus posted 03-11-2009 01:56 PM 2474 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The clich̩ lumberjock builds workbenches, jigs and baby cradles РI line up perfectly.

The shape of the cradle is inspired by bauhaus concepts, the front reminds of the trochoid runner of a wankel engine. The formality of the design is balanced by a crown on the head piece.

This baby cradle is made from baltic birch plywood (12 mm if I recall correctly – at present it serves at a friend of mine only to move on to my brother as soon as his youngest will be born) and coated with pigmented oil. The boards were bought cut to size at a local bigbox store (that’s the way you typically buy baltic birch here in Germany if you are not a professional) and cut to shape with a jig saw.

The sheets are connected with mortise-and-tenon joinery (cut with a router), though no glue is used – the cradle is strapped together using the web clamp typical for my projects. The same straps can then be used to hold the packet together when the baby moves on the toddler bed (third picture) and the cradle may be shipped to more recent parents.

The cut-outs in the sides are for ventilation since there are hints that insufficient ventilation may be one of the causes for SIDS.

The keel has little structural importance, but makes for a more pleasant appearance and lowers the center of gravity – quite important for a cradle. For very heavy babys (ours was not) additional weight could by added to the keel. The cut-out handles on the sides and fronts have proven to be very useful – we used to carry the baby together with the cradle everyday from the living to the sleeping room. One just has to be cautious of doors – this cradle is as wide as it is long!

This project is suitable for beginners with next to no equipment – just contact me for the plans (sketchup) if you want to build one (exploded view shown in fourth picture),

Cheers, Justus

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#1 posted 03-11-2009 02:26 PM

This is cute too for the kids.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 03-11-2009 02:36 PM

Now that is different.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 03-11-2009 02:52 PM

Really nifty design.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-11-2009 03:34 PM

Very nice, cute and unique design.
Frankly, do you need the sharp edge shape pointing up for baby use?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 03-11-2009 08:29 PM

There are two web clamps shown in the ‘packed for shipping’ picture, but only one used for assembly?

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#6 posted 03-12-2009 10:12 AM

Derek – the other strap is hidden inside the keel – originally I thought it could keep everything together, but then had to add the one you can see. Since it’s become my trademark, now I show them more proudly.

woodworm – babies that fit a cradle will never be able to touch that edge. It might be a different issue when baby has elder siblings. In that case it may be an idea to put some embellishment (say another crown) on that pointy edge.

Cheers, Justus

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#7 posted 03-17-2009 04:28 AM

Very nice, too bad we’re done having kids. But I may have a shower gift I need to give down the road and I’ll contact you for the sketchup file :)

-- Learning my way to more tools.

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#8 posted 02-06-2012 11:58 AM

I’m very interested in recreating your project with my own spin. Can you please send me the plans or a list of basic measurments?

-- The scars on my knuckles are from carving, the scars on my wifes knuckles are from boxing my ears.

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