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Cradle for Daughter's Baby Shower

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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-09-2017 02:11 PM 422 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New baby due in early April ‘17. We’re having a shower, here at the house, for the lucky couple (also my daughter and our first grandchild).

We bought stuff of the registry and will do other things for them but the other day (with two days left) I suddenly decided to make a cradle. Now, I usually make stuff in cherry, oak, maple etc. For this I drove to Lowes and picked out some of the best 2×6’s I could find. Six inches as my jointer is 6”. I had a package of 7/8 sealed bearings.

One day of glue-ups, one day of flattening and assembly, and another day of sanding and finishing (3 coats of sprayed on water based poly) and it’s done. The holes on the side are made with varying sized holesaws and rounded over with a router. Just a little decoration that was quick to make.

The bearings are embedded in the uprights. My sister, who’s always on for making something on the sewing machine, and 2 day shipping for a cradle mattress from Amazon and here it is. It swings smoothly and looks pretty good for $20 in framing lumber. Oh, when I ordered the mattress I couldn’t help but get the musical mobile too!

Thanks for looking

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.





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RichTaylor

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 03:54 PM

That’s a very nice piece. I’m concerned about the openings though. I assume you researched standards for infant cribs, but they look like they could be a place for limbs, etc, to get through.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 04:11 PM



That s a very nice piece. I m concerned about the openings though. I assume you researched standards for infant cribs, but they look like they could be a place for limbs, etc, to get through.

- RichTaylor

Good point… Rules say that no opening larger than 2 3/8”. The middle one is 3”... hmmm. I might have to glue a crosspiece across that one. Nothing else that I can see. Thanks.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 04:11 PM

nice work

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#4 posted 02-09-2017 04:21 PM

Congratulations on your first grandchild too! Do they live in your area? You might have a shop helper one of these days. I’m hoping mine get interested. Right now they are both under 3 years old, so I have some time to wait.

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#5 posted 02-09-2017 04:57 PM

Looks beautiful and you got it done before the baby arrives. I usually am arriving late with my projects. Congratulations on your new addition to your family!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 02-09-2017 05:09 PM

Congrats on grandchild. Nice cradle.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 02-09-2017 09:29 PM

You have really done a beautiful job on this fine cradle. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#8 posted 02-10-2017 04:10 AM

sweet crib ,Dan shes going to luv it

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 02-10-2017 07:13 AM

Beautiful cradle. I hope more than one grandchild will sleep in it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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NormG

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#10 posted 02-11-2017 08:48 PM

Very nice cradle

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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