Grandsons Cradle

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Project by Lee Leitner posted 01-01-2016 02:29 AM 1022 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been very busy of late and have had little time for the shop. However, my first grandchild is due in January and I wanted to make something special for my daughter, son in law and grandson. It will only be used for a short time but it will, hopefully, stay in the family much longer. I used American cherry, curly maple and red oak (for the bottom). Many of odd angles on this one that really pushed my skill. I did the tenons with a dado and the mortises the fun way (chisels and hammer). The pivot pins were the first I have ever done and went well. All in all I am pleased with the piece. I have a plaque that commemorates the build and his birth. More can be added as more precious ones arrive.

-- Lee

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 03:20 AM

Awesome! I and going to b building one soon for my first grandchild; gender unknown.

Did you design it yourself or get plans somewhere, love the curly maple its one of my favorite woods so 3 dimensional

Great work!.

-- Brian

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 03:59 AM

Thanks very much. I stole a couple ideas from ones I have seen in the past like the slots. The shape kinda lends to itself. The insert maple was my idea as well as the feet. Gratz on the upcoming little one.

-- Lee

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 05:28 AM

Great job on the cradle. I like the wood contrast. Recently built one for our soon to be granddaughter. Alot of work but sure was worth it. Congratulations!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 11:39 AM

Congratulations on the expected new arrival. I’ll bet your Mom is looking forward to that too. The cradle is really nice Lee. There’s something to be said for using hand tools for some of the stuff we do.

Happy New Year and best wishes for the coming year.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 01-01-2016 01:50 PM

A GREAT looking cradle for sure. Nice job. It will be cherished.

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#6 posted 01-01-2016 02:11 PM

Wow, beautiful cradle. A family heirloom that will passed down to many generations no doubt.

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#7 posted 01-01-2016 02:23 PM

beautiful great work

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#8 posted 01-01-2016 04:20 PM

Fantastic cradle. You did an outstanding job. I’m certain your have built a family heirloom to live thru the generations. My son and daughter in law used the cradle my Dad built for him and his sisters. Its become quite a treasure. Your workmanship is far superior.

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#9 posted 01-01-2016 04:30 PM

Lee, you did an outstanding job on the cradle. A family heirloom for sure. It’s great when we can build cradles for our grands; a true labor of love. I have built cradles for both my grandchildren, and really enjoyed the experience. Congratulations on the build and the new addition to the family.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#10 posted 01-01-2016 05:12 PM

Lee, this cradle turned out so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 01-01-2016 06:07 PM

Unique design. I’m sure they will enjoy it….as you say for a short time.
I have made 4 cradles and to encourage them being kept as heirlooms I made them to they could be easily taken apart and stored flat. Thereby taking less storage space. I used threaded inserts and brass screws.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 01-01-2016 10:01 PM

Awesome job very nice..

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#13 posted 01-01-2016 11:14 PM

Les, the hinge pins are held together with brass screws caps and stainless threads so that it can be taken apart easily.

-- Lee

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#14 posted 01-02-2016 12:33 AM

beautiful cradle ,great job on it ,love the wood choices

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 01-03-2016 04:20 AM

Thanks for all the kinda words. It means so much coming from this forum considering the talent I see posted everyday. I am so very grateful.

-- Lee

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