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Rocker Cradle For First Grandchild

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Project by harderwood posted 07-19-2017 01:53 PM 1135 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings fellow LJs. I’m a long time subscriber, and I have enjoyed the hundreds of projects submitted by some very talented craftsman.
My first post is a rocker cradle I recently completed based on plans I purchased from U-Bild. I modified the project to personalize it (for my own amusement) and to make it unique. The major change was to convert the project to glider instead of a rocker. Engineering the base was a lesson in prior planning and trail and error. I also converted the dowel joinery called for by the plans into mortise and tendon and pocket holes for the cradle sides and headboard. 90% of the wood used in the project was milled from a maple tree my sons and I cut down in our yard several years ago. The rest of the specifications are listed below and thanks for taking the time to look:
Wood: Hard maple, splated maple, quilted maple, curly maple, bird’s eye maple (yes, most out of one tree!)
Joinery: screwed, glued, mortise and tendon, pocket holes
Finish: Boiled Linseed oil, clear coat polyurethane (four coats)
Build time: 4 months (I had to build a workbench before starting the project)

-- A masterpiece is never complete; the artist simply decides to abandon his/her venture reluctantly





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 07-19-2017 01:59 PM

Beautiful job on this project Mr harderwood. The choice of woods are so nice. Love the grain in the cradle.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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ZAGREB

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#2 posted 07-19-2017 02:25 PM

great work grandpa
I know it is not the last project for your grandchild
Wish you a luck

-- bambi

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misterChips

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#3 posted 07-19-2017 06:46 PM

Very nice build, I have the same set of plans and was thinking of how to make changes to it to make it more special. You sir have hit a home run with what you have done.

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 07-19-2017 07:09 PM

You did a fine job on this piece. nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Calmudgeon

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#5 posted 07-20-2017 12:33 PM

Haha! I like that you used a plan, but then threw out most of the plan. That’s not a criticism; it’s a compliment.

Neat job! I love the heavily figured grain on the cradle.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#6 posted 07-22-2017 06:17 PM

Very useful furniture. I hadn’t seen one of these before.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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sheetzy

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#7 posted 07-23-2017 12:38 PM

beautiful job. I’m impressed. sheetzy

-- Sheetzy

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