|Project by Festus56||posted 12-22-2015 04:50 AM||832 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
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 --