Doll Rocker Cradle

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Project by UncleStumpy posted 02-25-2017 09:56 AM 1447 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Kind of an unusual project. A neighbor lady wanted to know if I could fix a doll cradle she got at a flea market and of course I said sure, it’s what I do.
After I got it apart I realized that it was really beat – wood was rotted and kind of smelled old.
I asked her what she was going to do with it – a planter and it would have been fine.

She said that it was for her 6 year old niece Shannon because Shannon’s mommy had died and that Shannon says that her mommy comes to see her and they play dolls together. And my neighbor says that Shannon uses a laundry basket for her dolls and she wanted to have her use a nice crib for her dolls. My wife says that Shannon’s mommy really does come to play with her – I’m not so sure.

So I told her that it would be an honor if she let me make a brand new cradle for Shannon. She thought that was wonderful and cried a little bit.
I used the old cradle as a template and made a new one from pine – it had an early American feel to it so I figured pine would be great.

My wife’s sister is the “sewing machine lady” so she made a mattress using pink material with tiny red hearts. I decided to make a red heart to match for the headboard.

I will give my neighbor the cradle tomorrow and I hope she and her niece both like it. I can’t wait to find out.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#2 posted 02-25-2017 11:09 AM

You’re a good man Uncle….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 02-25-2017 01:24 PM

You did a GREAT job for a wonderful cause. I hope Shannon and her Mommy play together a lot with her dolls. This is one of the best reasons to do woodworking. Well done!

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

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#4 posted 02-25-2017 02:40 PM

You did well Ray. That will touch her heart for many years. The heart and mattress are great touches.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 02-25-2017 03:02 PM

thanks Uncle …now I got a tear also ….SIMPLY LOVE this story …and also a very fine job on the cradle …... the hearts make it more special ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 02-25-2017 03:17 PM

great job

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#7 posted 02-25-2017 09:04 PM

Nice project with a great story to go along with it. Thanks for shari

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

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#8 posted 02-25-2017 10:01 PM

Awesome and for a great cause.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#9 posted 02-25-2017 11:15 PM

What a wonderful story, and what a wonderful cause! I’m sure you’ve made little Shannon very happy with her new doll cradle—I’m sure she’ll have many hours of fun with it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 02-26-2017 12:56 AM

Hey Ray!

Ya did Good!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 02-26-2017 12:12 PM

what a wonderful thing you did

-- Retired and lovin it

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#12 posted 02-26-2017 01:29 PM

Fantastic! That little girl is gonna be happy happy happy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 02-26-2017 01:38 PM

What a kind gesture. Very nice work as well.

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#14 posted 02-26-2017 09:50 PM

“They want it special” You hit hit button with the big red hammer with this one. Very nice.

-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker

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#15 posted 03-01-2017 11:10 PM

Wow, thanks for all the nice comments guys!

Every now and then you get a chance to do something nice for somebody. As I’m sure you all know, making somebody else happy, especially a kid, is worth way more than money.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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