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Project by Jake Brain posted 1338 days ago 1557 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started building these Cradles in 2004 when one of daughter-in-law’s said that if I wanted a grandchild I would have to build them a cradle. Well at the time one of my other daughter-in-law’s was also expending so I decided to build two. Then some time later my third son said that they were expecting and they would like a cradle with some carving so cradle number. My oldest son said that I did not make a cradle for any of his children but would like one to pass down to his grandchildren so cradle #4. At the time that I was working on cradle #4 one of my neighbors asked me to make a cradle for his son and daughter-in-law, cradle #5.

The first cradle that I made was Red Oak stained with Minwax Golden Oak and about 10 coats of a 50/50 mixture of Minwax Fast-drying Satin Polyurethane and mineral spirits wiped on then sanded with 220 between coats. The second is Mahogany with the 50/50 mixture of Satin Polyurethane and mineral spirits wiped on. The third is also Red Oak but stained with Minwax Puritan Pine and three coats of Satin Lacquer. The fourth is also Red Oak stained with Minwax Ipswich Pine and three coats of Satin Lacquer. The last was made of Soft Maple and finished with two coats of M. L. Campbell Satin Krystal which is post-catalyzed conversion varnish finishing system which is Water white and non-yellowing.

-- Jake Brain, Florida





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1338 days ago

Nice job on the cradle.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bigdogs117

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#2 posted 1338 days ago

They look real good. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rusty

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ND2ELK

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#3 posted 1338 days ago

Nice lookintg set of cradles. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting. Congratulations to all the families.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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jim1953

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#4 posted 1337 days ago

Great Lookin Cradles

-- Jim, Kentucky

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woodworm

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#5 posted 1337 days ago

Very nice cradles – I like the finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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shopmania

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#6 posted 1334 days ago

I like them! Where did you get the plans?

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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rpete

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#7 posted 1324 days ago

What did you use for the pivot joint? I built a similar cradle and used 1” dowels to hang the cradle. The wood on wood creates some squeaking.

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Jake Brain

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#8 posted 1323 days ago

I used a 5/16×3-1/4” with 3 5/16 flat washers between the past and the top rail. I can send you a pdf file of the detain.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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