Hopefully a Family Heirloom

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Project by Rob posted 01-14-2011 05:00 PM 1894 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years back I had promised each one of my children(4) that when the time came I would build each of them a cradle for their children. After the initial shock of my second oldest(19) informing me that he and his girlfriend were expecting I set out to find cradle patterns. With five to choose from they chose this one. I decided to make it out of cherry and went and bought 44 Brd Ft. Only then did I find out that the cherry spindles(that I didn’t really like anyway) were going to cost as much as the rest of the cherry! So me being the optimist felt that now was the time to invest in a mid-sized lathe. (optimist or tool junkie…it’s all the same) Everything they have gotten for the baby is Winnie the Pooh, so naturally I made the spindles as three of Winnie’s “Hunny Pots”. Well needless to say after 25 hrs of lathe work and about 5 scrapped spindles and another 15 – 20 hrs on the rest of the cradle, it’s all done. I finished it with a mix of natural and cherry Watco Danish oil and sealed it with 2 coats of clear shellac. My grand daughter is due to arrive any day now and although I still think I’m way too young(45) to be an Opa, I also can’t wait to be the first to lay her down to sleep in in her new cradle.

P.S. Just thought I’ld do a little gloat!!! The last pic is of my Granddaughter sleeping peacefully in here cradle. Born Jan 24 at 5:16 am 6lbs 13oz and 20 Inches long. I haven’t told her Mom and Dad yet, but I think she is a keeper

-- Ridin' and rippin'

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 05:06 PM

Wow! well done opa!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 05:13 PM

I really like that design. Where did you get the patterns from. This may be a possible future project for me.


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#3 posted 01-14-2011 07:01 PM

Very nice but how about a close up of the spindles

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 07:17 PM

Very nice!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 07:27 PM

Rewrite the title to your blog. Scrap the “Hopefully”!
Wonderful work!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 12:04 AM

Thanks guys! As requested I added a close up of the spindles. Nothing too complicated but they work with the babies room lol. I got the plans from Woodworkers Wood Shop on line for about $20. It was real easy to build and fun too. The only changes I made were making the bear body 1” thick material and of course increasing the length of the stretchers to match.

-- Ridin' and rippin'

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 05:53 AM

Very nicely done. You did a great job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 03:52 AM

ordered the plans today! can’t wait.

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