My First Fine Woodworking Project(2006)- A cradle/toybox "Noah's Ark"

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Project by spud72 posted 07-27-2009 02:12 AM 13227 views 13 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at fine woodworking. When my daughter informed me that I would be a grandfather for the first time, I boldly said, ” I’ll build you a cradle”.

She was decorating the Baby’s room with Noah’s Ark stuff. I set off looking on the internet to see if I could find plans for a Noah’s style cradle.

I found a site with the plans to make this cradle. I ordered the plans and when they arrived, they were photocopies of a project in some magazine. The instructions were very detailed and the pictures were pretty good so I decided to give it a go.

Two thousand dollars layer and set myself up in my basement with a brand new 14” Delta Band saw, 6”X 48” Delta Jointer and 13” two speed portable Delta Planner. I already had a Craftsman Radial Arm Saw and most of the hand tools I’d need.

I surprised myself and ended up with these results!


-- Guy,PEI

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 02:21 AM

That’s very unique!. Nice build. Congratulations on your new Grand fatherhood!!

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#2 posted 07-27-2009 02:30 AM

Thats great!!!!! Wonderful job and I bet baby is mighty cute too, hard to tell from angle of picture. Maybe you should line it with straw for padding.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 07-27-2009 02:42 AM

That’s a great investment! You obviously have plenty of talent for many more projects.
Great project, a forever thing. Great to work with an inspiration.
Thanks for sharing…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 07-27-2009 02:43 AM

That is one fantastic cradle. You did a beautiful job with the build and finish. Congratulations.

-- John @

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#5 posted 07-27-2009 03:36 AM

Oh, so that is what I need to do for new tools… have a grandkid… I need to talk to my daughter about that.
Well done… and I wouldn’t give the tools the credit. Super unique gift that will be around for years and years. Unless it gets “flooded” too often? Nicely crafted and finished.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 07-27-2009 03:47 AM

That is a great build. And a nice place to put the baby when crying. (sorry about that)

The design and build looks great. The family looks happy together.

-- 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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#7 posted 07-27-2009 04:00 AM

That is awesome. Cradle’s don’t last too long but that one sure will, and I’m sure it will be used for many generations to come.


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#8 posted 07-27-2009 04:32 AM

Really looks great! You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for sharing.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 07-27-2009 05:02 AM

GREAT looking work…simply amazing !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#10 posted 07-27-2009 05:02 AM

Hey Guy
pretty spectacular first project great job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 07-27-2009 05:03 AM

Very nice. How did you bend the bow? Does the super structure come out, or is it hinged for the toy box/ cradle conversion?

-- Acts: 2:38

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#12 posted 07-27-2009 08:54 AM

Nice job. Now that you are set up, what’s next ? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 07-27-2009 08:56 AM

It’s a great job. Thank’s for sharing.

-- Marian Neagu - Targoviste, Romania

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#14 posted 07-27-2009 01:45 PM

Unique it is, very nice job.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#15 posted 07-27-2009 02:20 PM

Beautiful! Great job, Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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