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Project by Andybb posted 11-26-2018 10:05 PM 507 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is based on a design by Matt Cremona that he made out of walnut. This took a lot longer than I thought to build (3+ months) but it was worth every hour. Had to build a few jigs and that 60hr/wk day job got in the way also. I learned so much building what I consider my first piece of “near” furniture quality work.

This was made from slabs of local rough cut lumber sourced by member Scott (clarkswoodworking). We are making 2 of these and this is the first after the scrap wood prototype. There were a few jigs that needed to be made like this one to turn the spindles. I had never done m&t joints before so it was fun starting out with angled ones. The side panels were made from 1/4” thick figured maple veneer glued to both sides of 1/4” mdf (not plywood cuz I had the mdf staring me in the face) totaling 3/4”. These came from the same luthier panel bundles that Scott has for sale here.

I used Charles Neil's trace coating process to bring out the figure which can be seen in some of the before and after shots. I added a few drops of amber Trans Tint to 1/4 teaspoon of brown Keda dye in 8oz of warm water. I used .0000 wool between coats of semi-gloss GF oil and urethane (should have used a cloth rather than a foam brush) followed after the final coat with 600 & 1200 grit wet dry paper, Meguiars polish then carnauba wax.

Below are some of the pictures as the project progressed. Our plan was to do a blog but it just never materialized so what you get are pics en masse.

-- Andy - Seattle USA





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Ocelot

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#1 posted 11-26-2018 10:46 PM

Very nice! I started a cradle for my son… who is now 6 1/2, but never finished it. The other 4 children born since him have not had it either! Maybe I can finish it for a grandchild some day.

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#2 posted 11-27-2018 04:33 AM


Very nice! I started a cradle for my son… who is now 6 1/2, but never finished it. The other 4 children born since him have not had it either! Maybe I can finish it for a grandchild some day.

- Ocelot


I know the feeling. But now you probably have at least 15 years to finish it. ;-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Scott Oldre

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#3 posted 11-27-2018 01:37 PM

Definitely one of the nicest bassinets I’ve ever seen. I like the clean edges with the quilted maple in between. Going to have to see about ordering some of that maple too. Thanks for sharing

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 11-27-2018 02:39 PM

Stunning. Lovely wood.

-- Ron, Montana

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#5 posted 11-27-2018 03:49 PM

You did a beautiful job, but it might have taken longer to build than the baby will be using it. They grow so fast, hopefully there will be several more children that get to use this very attractive piece.

-- John D, OP, KS

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Matt Cremona

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#6 posted 11-27-2018 03:57 PM

Killed it! That maple is bananas!

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Andybb

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#7 posted 11-27-2018 04:13 PM



You did a beautiful job, but it might have taken longer to build than the baby will be using it. They grow so fast, hopefully there will be several more children that get to use this very attractive piece.

- awsum55


Actually this is being built for my nephew whose baby is due in January but he has 2 brothers and we have 3 boys all 6 between the ages of 25 and 34. His plan is to make it “the” bassinet that gets shared by all of them in the coming years. My engaged son calls it an instant heirloom.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#8 posted 11-28-2018 10:28 AM

What a lovely crib. All that it needs now is a little mobile to hang on the railings and make it all ready and cosy for the new arrival. I’m sure that baby is going to love being in all that natural wood scent and congratulations to the lucky recipient of this gorgeous crib! I’m sure they will appreciate all the effort that you’ve put into making it!

-- Mark Grogan @ http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/storage-wollongong/

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HonestlyMediocre

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#9 posted 11-29-2018 04:31 AM

Nice! Scott told me about these cribs you both were making. This one has turned out beautifully.

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Andybb

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#10 posted 11-29-2018 04:41 AM



Nice! Scott told me about these cribs you both were making. This one has turned out beautifully.

- HonestlyMediocre


Thanks. Actually Scott’s will be even better as it will be the third one I’ve done after the prototype and mine. Plus he got first pick of the end panels. ;-).

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#11 posted 11-29-2018 10:37 AM

Great job! That maple is just stunning. It looks like silk!

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dewoodwork

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#12 posted 12-01-2018 03:47 PM

Very nice, love the maple. I made 2 cradles for my kids and they are put away for future generations.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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