Cradle for my 1st grandson / 1st woodworking project

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Project by botietruck posted 12-09-2009 04:26 AM 3966 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project. I built it for my first grandson and for others that might come along over the years. I purchased rough sawn red oak at a local lumber yard and joined & planed all of the pieces except for the end panels and the bottom panel. They are red oak plywood. I followed a set of plans that I purchased online. I probably used a bit more material than I should have, but I have enough “wasted cut” pieces left over to make another one just like this one, only smaller. LOL
BTW, my second grandson has also used this cradle, he was born in March, 2009.

-- Bob from Virginia

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 04:28 AM

Great job Bob

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 04:50 AM

Your double 1st turned out very very impressive. The details, build and finish look perfect.
Great job Bob!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 05:06 AM

Great job. That crib is rockin.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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Bob Giovannini

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 05:30 AM

Looks awesome Bob – I am doing the same thing – first woodworking project is a cradle also. The details and finish look great!

-- -Bob, Portland, Maine

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 08:03 AM

Looks great.
I have made 4 and enjoyed making them. Sad part is the little ones quickly out grow them. Knowing that I made mine so they could be disassembles and stored flat….hopefully to be kept for the next generation.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 08:40 AM

Beautiful cradle, I made one just like it for my first grandchild too. I liked this design better than all the others I found. I also made mine with red oak and since then I’ve made them from maple, cherry and walnut. I can’t decide which wood makes the best cradle.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 04:15 PM

Bob, this is a pretty impressive first project. It aslo looks like you did a good job on the finish as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Stanley Coker

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#9 posted 12-09-2009 05:43 PM

Great job, especially for you first woodworking project. I built on for my nephew’s first out of curly maple. It is a little along the same design as yours as you can see in my projects.
Very nice and sturdy again a great job.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#10 posted 12-09-2009 05:50 PM

Great first, welcome.

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

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#11 posted 12-09-2009 06:05 PM

Your first project is good in all respects. Hope to see much more from you.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 12-09-2009 07:24 PM

Very well done and really good looking whether or not a first! Some people are just born woodworkers I guess (unlike myself). Looking forward to your future projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 12-09-2009 07:54 PM

First! You’ve got some God given talent. Put it to work.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#14 posted 12-10-2009 03:26 AM

Nice looking cradle.

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#15 posted 03-28-2012 05:48 PM

I can see the Grandkid in it now

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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