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Project by rpete posted 02-23-2010 06:20 AM 1722 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m brand new to this site and most everything I make is for other people so its not around to take pictures. So this is a project I completed about 5 years ago. It’s actually the project I’m most proud of. It’s the first furniture project I took on and was only the second project using something other than 2X4’s and plywood. I built it while my wife was pregnant with our first child. It’s made out of alder and stained rosewood. I used mortise/tenon and lap joints on the base, and dowels for the rungs. There are only two things I don’t like about it. First, I rushed on the finish so it doesn’t look as good as it could of. Second, I just used a 1” dowel to hang the cradle on the base. It’s plenty strong, but when the cradle rocks, it’s wood on wood so it squeaks and grinds a little.

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 06:29 AM

Very nice looking first project. Great workmanship.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 06:35 AM

yeah that is nice looking…and I like the finish… not too glossy….not a huge fan of gloss on larger pieces…takes away from the warmth of the wood. Again great job…keep em coming

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 06:36 AM

Looks great – i rushing to finish mine. I like the color a lot!

-- -Bob, Portland, Maine

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 12:14 PM

Nice looking cradle. You did a good job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 07:34 PM

Believe I have one of these projects coming up within the next seven or so months. Need to find some plans I like.
Nice job on yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Big G

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 02:13 AM

Great looking cradle. The last cradle I built had a very bad squeak in one end. I put some spray silicone on the dowel and it quieten it down some. Put a drop of oil on the dowel and it took care of the squeak.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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