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Project by stretchBrian posted 09-08-2017 09:51 PM 536 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandson is probably arriving this weekend so this was complete just in time, I have another cradle to build though, as I am expecting a granddaughter in October!!

The cradle is my own design made with Eastern White Pine, leftover flooring from out cottage loft (was originally 2 inch thick tongue and groove flooring).

Some features of the cradle build:

The bed part can be lifted off the base, the base is made with knock down fasteners on the stretchers for storage in between babies.

All the joinery is dowel except for the bottom of the bed part which uses 2 pocket hole screws in each corner (the uppers are joined with dowels). The vertical bars were placed in a groove in the bottom rails and spacers glued in between rather than mortised.

Last picture shows my stress testing the bottom which is 1/8” hardboard in a groove.

I finished it with a 2lb cut of shellac.

-- Brian





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 09-08-2017 10:10 PM

Congrats, Grandpa … good job! Will number two be the same design?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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stretchBrian

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#2 posted 09-08-2017 10:37 PM

I doubt it! It was a bit too much work (way more than I expected), I have to think fast though…..

I am all out of Pine, so next one will be Cherry, I do like the “lift out” option and this was my first time using cross dowel knock down joinery; that was easier than I expected I will likely use it on the next one as well since it makes the piece very practical for between baby periods.

I am thinking of bending the wood for the sides, so one piece can make the “spindles” on both sides or more likely I will just turn my own spindles.

Any suggestions would be appreciated, I looked for plans online even bought some but found them all deficient in detail or way too difficult to execute. I found it simpler to make it from my head.

Any suggestions are welcome!

-- Brian

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#3 posted 09-08-2017 10:38 PM

I cant get rid of this comment!

-- Brian

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#4 posted 09-09-2017 02:37 PM

You did a really nice job on this cradle.

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


... I looked for plans online even bought some but found them all deficient in detail or way too difficult to execute. I found it simpler to make it from my head.

- stretchBrian

Brian, most times this is the best option … match your skills, your tools, your material, and go for it! Good luck!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 09-26-2017 07:19 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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