Baby Cradle

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This was made for a new grand baby out of red oak. I purchased the pattern from Rocklers and found it to be a fairly easy project. I finished the cradle with polyurethane.

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#1 posted 04-01-2017 06:45 PM

Looks great. They will love it.
Be sure to have some sort of lock pin to prevent the cradle from tipping and an angle when the baby starts rolling over.

I have made several similar. The only problem is they don’t use them very long (generally about 6 months) and then you have this piece of furniture to store…..unless the child is a girl who can play dolls with it for a few years.
Because of that I made all of mine so they were easy to disassemble and store flat until another child came along or for the next generation. I used threaded brass inserts and bolts to join the rails to the ends and attach the stretcher. Similarly for the pivots on the bed.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 04-01-2017 09:08 PM

Beautiful job on the cradle. It so much like the one I built for our first baby, I like how it you fastened it to the frame so much better. I used chains. I believe she used it for her first born too. At the moment I am not sure if she has it or where it is. I know the other two did not use it. Maybe there is someone else’s baby swing in it.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 04-01-2017 10:11 PM

This is a beautiful cradle and it displays a lots of nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 04-02-2017 10:08 AM

Nice work. I made one for a nephew , he’s close to 30 now.

-- Petey

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#5 posted 04-02-2017 02:19 PM

looks good

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#6 posted 04-02-2017 08:01 PM

looks great alan very nice work,the new parents should love it.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 04-03-2017 10:19 PM

Nice job, and very satisfying, I’m sure. I made similar cradles for my first two grandchildren (twins). The nice thing is that they are 8 years old and still use the cradles to store their stuffed animals.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#8 posted 04-03-2017 10:50 PM

Very nice. always wanted to make one like that, just never got to it. again…beautiful. sheetzy

-- Sheetzy

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#9 posted 04-11-2017 02:36 AM

That is a beautiful cradle

-- Jay Mansdorf

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