|Project by nblazek||posted 03-01-2016 01:18 AM||555 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
This was a new endeavor for me. I have never done so many traditional joint in a project, and this is my largest project to date. My wife and I are expecting our first child in a few week and I wanted to make something that would be used and then hopefully passed down for generations to come. There is a little more to the sentiment than that though. My grandfather passed away this past year and was an avid woodworker. About 30 years ago my grandfather cut down a cherry tree on his property, had it milled and then stored it in his basement until my cousin and I inherited it. I could not think of a better project in which to use that lumber.
Although it is not perfect, I feel as though I did a decent job with a few firsts. Before this cradle I had never made book-matched panels or pegged mortise and tenon joints. I even used some brass pins in the stand so that I can knock them out of the joint and store the cradle. I didn’t originally plan on using hardware, but couldn’t find a way around it. To compensate I embedded nuts into maple knobs in order to hide some of it.