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Cradle for new Grandchild

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Project by Festus56 posted 12-22-2015 04:50 AM 832 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple months ago I was asked to build a cradle for our grandchild coming in March. Was more than happy to say yes as I had ideas of a family heirloom already. Then they sent a picture of a carved Viking style one they liked. I am not a wood carver, only very limited experience so I made it as close to the style as I could. Bought a cradle mattress to get the dimensions for the bottom and with the picture designed everything as close as I could. I bought the floral onlays for the sides but I did carve the Celtic knot with a heart and the letter “C” on the other end for their last name.

Built templates to router out the ends and sides with a bowl bit and my router plane. Also used a straight cut bit on the outside of the template to ensure both ends and sides were identical. Band sawed the rockers close and used the template bit to make them uniform.

The cradle is all birch and the carvings are basswood so the dark cherry color was a bear to get the same and then get it close to the same sheen. Finish on the cradle is a lot of coats of hand rubbed Danish Oil and the carvings have satin lacquer sprayed on.

After a month and a half (160hrs est.) I am finally happy with the finished product. After presenting the happy parents to be with it this weekend am sure it is already a heirloom.

Thanks for looking and as always any comments and questions are welcome.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- http://www.jmh-limited-editions.com/home.html --





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#1 posted 12-22-2015 10:49 AM

A truly beautiful piece of workmanship. I am sure that they are very proud to have it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 01:50 PM

very beautiful

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 02:49 PM

Absolutely stunning! Yes it should become a cherished heirloom for generations.

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 02:56 PM

A very nice heirloom cradle.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 03:29 PM

Beautiful. That will be a real family heirloom!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 03:54 PM

Mark, What a beautiful cradle and truly a family heirloom. Congratulations on the build for the grand baby. I made cradles for both of my grandchildren, and it is truly a labor of love and a privilege to have done so. I love everything about your cradle. Well done sir, well done.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#7 posted 12-22-2015 10:33 PM

Beautiful piece. Love family and friend projects.

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 01:05 AM

Beautiful!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 12-23-2015 05:38 AM

Thanks all for the comments. I appreciate them. Yes they are very proud to have it and yes it was truly a labor of love and privilege to make. Different style from my usual so had to learn some things the hard way but yes an old dog can learn new things if motivated and stubborn enough.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- http://www.jmh-limited-editions.com/home.html --

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#10 posted 12-23-2015 10:39 AM

Beautifully done, Mark! The carvings you did are really special touches. Congratulations on the future grandbaby. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 12-23-2015 06:02 PM

Well done, Mark! Truly an heirloom for your future family. I hope you marked the cradle with your name and year so your ancestors can know its history.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#12 posted 12-23-2015 07:51 PM

A beautiful piece, nicely executed.
Yeah, an heirloom for sure!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 12-23-2015 11:24 PM

I’ve MADE A FEW CRADLES IN MY DAY MYSELF. THE HARDEST ONE HAD COMPOUND DOVETAILS ON ALL FOUR SIDES. YOU PUT IN LOTS OF HRS. WELL WORTH THE EFFORT. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. NICE JOB…...SHEETZY

-- Sheetzy

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#14 posted 12-24-2015 01:05 AM

Thanks all for the replies

Don yes I signed and dated it and who it was presented to

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- http://www.jmh-limited-editions.com/home.html --

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#15 posted 01-09-2016 10:57 PM

awesome build mark,love the finish

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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