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Child's cradle rocker

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Project by woodnteeth posted 01-04-2017 02:54 AM 2884 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this from a plan for an adult size rocker, but since I wanted to make it for my two year old, and I couldn’t find a decent set of plans for a child size cradle rocker, I reduced the adult plans by 25%. This was quite a challenge but a lot of fun. I tweaked the plans a bit as far as style goes too. Made from very nicely figured cherry with tung oil finish. The inlay on the head rest is turquoise. Thanks for looking.

-- Alan





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#1 posted 01-04-2017 02:25 PM

Very sharp

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#2 posted 01-04-2017 04:14 PM

looks great

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#3 posted 01-04-2017 06:03 PM

I love this one!

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#4 posted 01-04-2017 10:50 PM

where did you find plans for this as I’ve given up looking and started this weekend trying to make a rocking chair crib or some call it a mammy’s chair. can you please let me know where you got the plans from and nice job on the build. when I first saw it I was under the impression that it was full size. looking for any help that you can give me on the build like what was the more challenging parts of the build.

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#5 posted 01-05-2017 02:28 AM

Wow you did an amazing job looks fantastic love the inlay. Thank you for sharing.

-- Thom CT.

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#6 posted 01-05-2017 06:58 PM



where did you find plans for this as I ve given up looking and started this weekend trying to make a rocking chair crib or some call it a mammy s chair. can you please let me know where you got the plans from and nice job on the build. when I first saw it I was under the impression that it was full size. looking for any help that you can give me on the build like what was the more challenging parts of the build.

- misterChips

MisterChips,

Here is the link to the plans I bought through Woodcraft.com. If the link doesn’t work, just go to woodcraft.com and search “cradle rocker plans”. The plans cost $8.95. To make it child size, I took the dimensions and multiplied them by .75. You’ll have to think through it because certain dimensions didn’t need to change like the thicknesses of the seat, arm rests, etc. so it took some thought, actually a lot of thought for me, to avoid mistakes because of changing the dimensions. I don’t have a thickness planer so making the arm posts, shoulder posts and legs perfectly square was challenging for me as well. I tweaked the design in the arm rests because I thought the planned arm rests were ugly. I also made the shoulder posts all one piece instead of two pieces, as the plan calls for. I thought this would eliminate room for error in the joints and keeping things square more easily. I changed the back rest design as well as under the arm rests for style. One thing that got me was that I changed the rockers by multiplying all those dimensions by .75. This was a mistake because then the arc of the rockers was too tight and not flat enough making the chair rock too quickly, if that makes sense. So I made a prototype of the rockers keeping the original dimensions, just shortening them up a bit and allowing for the legs to set on them appropriately. I had to deal with the pitch of how the legs sat on the rockers so the rocking chair didn’t pitch too far forward, so that was a little challenging. Then when I had the prototype set, I made the finals. Anyway, it was a fun build. All dowel construction, no screws. I hope you get this, misterChips, please kindly reply if you do as I am not sure how to make sure you get it and it is not just a regular post.

-- Alan

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