Walnut Baby Cradle

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Project by DocK16 posted 09-13-2007 04:33 AM 2469 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well here’s the final product. It’s a modified version of a cradle I saw in a WW magazine several years ago. Changed the vertical supports to turned spindles instead of flat boards. The main spindles are hand turned but the smaller ones on the craddle are made with the help of a friend with a duplicating lathe. Finish is several coats of tung oil. Had some left over lumber so I made a TV stand for the office, will post after this project. No I haven’t put the finish boards on the edges of my assembly table yet, l’ll get to it!

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

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#1 posted 09-13-2007 04:42 AM

Hi Dock. this is beeeutifulll.!!! So Im guessing you have a future use for the crib? Expecting a visit from a great white bird?

-- bryano

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#2 posted 09-13-2007 04:44 AM

Dock! Just great! A terrific project!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 09-13-2007 05:04 AM

Good looking project Dock. I am equally impressed with your shop – everything looks so neat and roomy.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 09-13-2007 05:05 AM

Wife and I certainly have no immediate plans for use and neither of my sons are even married (not that it’s a prerequisit) It’s just that it sometimes takes years to finish things I start, this was just one of those rare exceptions. Thanx for the compliments.

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

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 09-13-2007 07:01 AM

Boy, you’ve got the no prerequisite part right. My Grand-parenthood attests to that.
That is a splendid looking crib, glad you had recourse to the duplicator. That is a powerful lot of spindles to generate, let alone make ones that bear any similarity to one another. Beautiful finish too. Tung Oil probably is drool proof.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 09-13-2007 09:53 AM

Dock, great work. When I looked at the spindle work, I said to myself that this guy has the patience of Job – turns [pun intended] out not to be the case and I don’t blame you either.

Very nice result.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Mark A. DeCou

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#7 posted 09-14-2007 02:54 PM

Dock, the project is wonderful, and your shop is also. I have shop envy now. Who is the crib for?

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#8 posted 09-14-2007 03:16 PM

Very nice crib. The finish is great…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 02-09-2008 07:28 AM


I was actually looking for cradles on the internet when I came across the cradle you made. It is absolutely beautiful! I’ve got plans for one that was published in WoodSmith several years ago. Yours, however, looks much more elegant. I think it’s the spindles on the ends rather than the flat pieces.

I’m a fairly new woodworker & don’t feel confident enough to really alter plans yet. Did you simply improvise existing plans, make this up as you went or were there a set of plans you went by. I just had my first grandchild & will soon have another. I’ld like to make one of these before the next grandchild arrives. Any insight you can provide would be appreciated.



-- Rick in New Braunfels, TX

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#10 posted 02-09-2008 11:42 AM

Mighty impressive. The finish is beautiful.

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