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Project by Walter posted 11-29-2010 08:23 PM 1346 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project ever and I’m pretty proud of it. I decided to build this for my future grand daughter and it was still late in completion although she came a bit early too. It took me about 5 months all together with only a few hours a week to work on it to come up with the design and work through all of the steps to complete it. The cradle is made of maple and purple heart and I think they contrast each other really well but I’ll be looking forward to your comments. My wife made the bedding for it and I think it gives it a good antique look. I learned a lot through the process and still have a long ways to go and much more to learn before I’m confident as a wood worker but I love the whole process and seeing something come from only some boards, glue and a lot of time and patience is a truely wonderful thing. I hope you enjoy it!





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Diggerjacks

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 08:28 PM

Hello Walter

Nice work

We want more pictures !!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Walter

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 08:38 PM

Thanks Digger! I just did, let me know what you think.

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 08:41 PM

Yes please more pictures!

Looks like you did an excellent job from what I can see. What a nice heirloom that can stay in the family for years to come!

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 08:42 PM

Rock a bye baby nice job you and your wife did.

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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Diggerjacks

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 08:43 PM

Walter

What a beautiful work

A good design
Nicely done
Congratulations
What size and what did you use for the finish ?
I really like it

Your future grand daugther will be happy with a so pretty craddle

Thanks for the pictures

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 08:55 PM

Very Nice indeed.
Colour combination is great.
Like the period bedding too.

Thanks for sharing
Jamie
In Chilly Scotland

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 11-29-2010 08:58 PM

Great job, especially whether this is your first piece, or not!

Well thought-out, and executed.

A couple of questions, if I may: What is the story behind the Roman numerals on the bottom slats? What sort of hardware did you use for the moving/rocking parts? A metal sleeve insert, or just wooden dowels?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Walter

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#8 posted 11-29-2010 09:38 PM

Wow thanks everybody! OK first off, 1SGTBob thanks for your service, I’m still in the Army with 7 years until I retire so you will understand why a project can take a while. Digger the inside dimensions are 33”x16”x12” and it was finished with four coats of 2lb cut blonde shellac. Alba I relayed your comments to my lovely wife on the period bedding. Jonathan the story on the roman numerals in the toung and groove slats is simply a design element and to put them in in the right order since they can be removed for any “whopsies”. The moving/rocking parts are just wooden dowels which have a bit of a squeak that I’m hoping for suggestions to fix. I hope that answered all your questions but if you have any more or any other comments I appreciate them all.

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Builder_Bob

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 10:31 PM

You can try wax on the squeaky parts.

Gotta love the heart motif, its perfect!

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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Jonathan

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#10 posted 11-29-2010 10:39 PM

I’m with Bob on the wax; I haven’t used it in that way, but I would if I was faced with this situation. If it were me, I’ve got a tin of Renaissance Wax on the shelf that I’d use. If you don’t have that, or don’t want to buy it, maybe find a carnauba-based wax?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Walter

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#11 posted 11-29-2010 10:53 PM

Bob/Jonathan, thanks I forgot to mention that I’ve tried beeswax without result so far. It may be a question of building layers of it and unless I find a better suggestion that’s the way I’m going. I’ll keep everybody updated on how it works.

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#12 posted 11-29-2010 11:12 PM

Beautiful!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 11-30-2010 01:05 AM

Fantastic job, color and appearance are wonderful

-- Norman

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ScottnKY

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#14 posted 11-30-2010 02:43 AM

You should be pretty proud of it !!

Super job, can’t believe its your first project..you sir, have talent.

Above all, thanks to you and Bob for your service !!

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#15 posted 11-30-2010 02:52 AM

Beautiful job on your cradle. You have every right to be proud of it. Too bad that you cannot spend more time doing woodworking. Congratulations on the new granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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