Doll cradle

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Project by gbear posted 10-30-2009 07:26 PM 5900 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine is having her 2nd baby. I build a rocking cradle for the first, a little girl named Alexa. The new baby will be a boy and so Alexa will not feel left out in all the excitement of a new baby, her mom asked if I would build her a doll cradle for the new doll she will be getting. This is the result. It is made of walnut to match the first cradle and uses dovetail joinery.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 07:43 PM

What’s not to love about that? Exquisit work, an heirloom piece for sure.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 07:50 PM

Really nice shape on the rockers. Great project.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 08:15 PM

Nice design.
Very nice finish.

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 08:40 PM

Very nice. I bet she will be excited to get it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 09:39 PM

Nice Work G a good build and fine wood

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#6 posted 01-13-2011 02:30 AM

I would love to build one of these for my first grandbaby, can you give be the measurments?

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#7 posted 01-13-2011 06:10 AM

Pav…I used a pattern from Wood Magazine, Sept. 2007, Issue 178. I made some changes to the original plan.
They joined the side panels to the ends using through mortises whereas I chose to use dovetail.
The rockers are 24.5 inches wide, 6 inches high at the center.
The ends are 14 inches wide at the bottom, 17.75 inches wide at the widest section & 15.75 inches tall at the center.
The sides I believe were 11 inches in height and I think I made them 21.5 inches long.
You can go to and search Heirloom cradle and you will find a slide show of their assembly.
I can’t find the issue in my stash but I do have the patterns for the ends and rockers. I you send me and email with your address, I will send you a copy.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 03:37 AM


Thanks for getting back so quickly. I accually have the Wood magazine issue that has the plans.


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#9 posted 12-19-2013 05:54 PM


-- What this world needs is a little more sawdust on the floor.

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