Baby Cradle

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Project by PPK posted 03-19-2016 06:21 PM 897 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this baby cradle for my first child, before she was born. Its made from all solid hickory. There’s a latch on one side that I can release and it rocks back and forth. I put bushings on the hanger bolts, so its pretty smooth.

Getting all the many slats lined up and clamped together before the glue set was tricky. In fact, I don’t even recall how I did it! I do remember doing a lot of test fitting. There are some screws that hold together the four sides that I made separately, but I plugged them all with matching wood plugs cut from some of the same stock. Mortise and tennon and glue for the rest of the joints.

It is a slight bit overbuilt, and heavy. But the positive side of it is, you can’t tip it over by rocking it! If I ever did it again, I’d make it a little shallower. Infants can’t sit up, so there’s no reason to have it so deep and have to reach down so far to pick up little squirt.

I’ve woodburned each of our children’s names on the bottom as they are born. I hope to pass it along down the generations after we are done with it.

-- Pete

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#1 posted 03-19-2016 07:54 PM

Nothing better than stuff you made on your own. Beautiful design, I like the wood colour as well.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-19-2016 08:49 PM

Welcome to ljs
Very nice work

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-19-2016 10:51 PM

That cradle looks great. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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