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Project by Amr posted 04-28-2016 10:05 PM 1059 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the cradle I built for my daughter, and just like the crib I built for her brother 3 years ago, it is 3 months behind schedule :)

Not entirely my own design; the legs and feet are borrowed straight from George Nakashima’s iconic Conoid Chair, and the joinery ended up being much stronger than I anticipated. The cradle design is heavily influenced by Scott Morrison’s Maloof style rocker cradle, which is an amazing piece of art. I became obsessed with Scott’s design and kept trying to figure out how to turn it into a dedicated cradle while meeting all the child safety requirements.

I used the Sam Maloof finish by Rockler and the results are amazing. My amateur photography skills and the phone camera pictures truly do not do it justice.

I have been woodworking for 3 years now and this project was a huge part of my learning curve. My first project, which got me into woodworking, was a mission style crib for my first child. Now I can do round pieces :)





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WoodWasterd

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 10:21 PM

wow! gorgeous!!
would love to see the brother’s crib.

any regrets that it doesn’t ‘rock’?

i would be terrified a leaky diaper would damage the beautiful finish

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lepelerin

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#2 posted 04-28-2016 11:39 PM

Beautiful. very nice craftsmanship!

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#3 posted 04-29-2016 12:51 AM

That’s very beautiful and unique.

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Amr

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#4 posted 04-29-2016 04:13 AM

Thank you very much guys.

I will be posting pictures of the crib soon.

I did think long and hard about making a rocking cradle. I was even second guessing myself as I was nearing the end of the build, but in the end, it was too much of a design challenge (for me) to make this “rock” safely without drastically changing the way it looks or putting big rockers on the bottom.

This design allows the feet to slide perfectly under our bed like a co-sleeper.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#5 posted 04-29-2016 10:47 AM

Your craftsmanship is gorgeous! Beautiful work!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 04-29-2016 01:27 PM

That is the most beautiful and amazing crib I have ever seen. The complexity and craftsmanship is fantastic.
This is definately a number one project in my mind. One knows when you have done a great job. You will be number one grand father through many generations. To bad the little tykes grow so fast.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 04-29-2016 01:45 PM

beautiful

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#8 posted 04-29-2016 02:20 PM

This cradle is such a nice piece and is beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#9 posted 04-29-2016 02:59 PM

Just jaw dropping. I can only imagine the work it took to make that top rail flow so smoothly….......not only curved but bent up and down as well. My goodness gracious!
Very well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 04-29-2016 03:44 PM

I’m in agreement with everyone else – fine work indeed.

-- Rod - Oregon

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LesB

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#11 posted 04-29-2016 05:44 PM

Wonderful work.
It is too bad the kids don’t use them longer than they do.
Of course girls can put their dolls and stuffed toys in them.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 04-30-2016 12:42 AM

Exceptional work. Cradles are so rewarding when they are made for family. A heirloom piece for sure. I built a cradle for my grandson two years ago, which was inspired by Scott’s cradle. I also want to build Scott’s cradle rocker one day. Congratulations on the build.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#13 posted 04-30-2016 12:57 AM

Nice work. I’ve got to say, you sent me to Scott Morrison’s website, and looking at the piece that inspired you and the one you made, I prefer the better definition of the curves in your work to the almost formless symmetry of the original. If I were to try a project along these lines, I think I’d use your work as a starting point, rather than his (though he’s got some beautiful stuff on his website, don’t get me wrong).

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Amr

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#14 posted 04-30-2016 12:13 PM

Thank you all for the kind words of encouragement. My wife and I are still trying to figure out the best place for the cradle to live when it is not being used. I will probably convince her to put it on permanent display by one of the windows in our formal living room :)

Steve, I did come across your cradle when I was looking for design ideas. I was very impressed by how you were able to reverse engineer an existing design with so little guidance being available, and of course the amount of work and patience to make it look so elegant.

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#15 posted 04-30-2016 01:53 PM

Amr, you are on your way to being a master craftsman. That cradle is just over-the-top great!

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