Cherry cradle

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Project by Bob Cook posted 02-20-2011 01:18 PM 1475 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished constructing a Cherry cradle for my grand daughter due in March. Now only if the weather stays good I can apply the final dark cherry oil stain and varnish.

I bought the plans and spindels from Woodsmith. I made a few adjustments / changes to the design (couldn’t resist after 40+ years as a carpenter). As for the finishing; I’am planning on using SW oil stain ( mixture of bright cherry and wild berry with a varnish 3 coat finish. So far it looks good with the stain completed and 1st coat of varnish. Should have complete in 3-4 days and looking forward to posting the final product. Thanks for all the possitive feedback.

Well I finally completed the final 2 coats of sherwin williams wood classic oil stain and 3 coats of polyurethane varnish. I’m still debating applying a coat of pastewax. I had to order the custom size mattress from and the price was very reasonable for the 2” mattress. A freind of the family is making the 6” high bumpers. All in all it was a very fun project. I did all the template and detail routing freehand because after 40+ years as a carpenter I rairly used a router table but like everything else, a little at a time until I get comfortable using it. My 30+ year old black and decker still runs with the big boys. All my future grand children should really enjoy snugling up in this everyday.

-- Bob Cook

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 01:53 PM

Hi Bob

Cogratulation Grandpa! You did a beautiful job on your cradle. Very nicely done. I do not know if you are planing on staining it or not. Cherry blotches and I would recommend Charles Neils Pre Color conditioner. It does a beautiful job. If you care to see how nice a job it does you can look at the crib I made for my granddaughter.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 02:18 PM

Fine looking job Bob. Looks like a family heirloom quality to me.
ND2 is right about using the conditioner. You will be much happier with the result.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 03:46 PM

Well looks Like a proud Grandpa. Very nice Job. Looks to be heirloom, May have to start production line for all the others yet to come, that may be unhappy without their own. I used just an oil wipe on mine. Cherry is Beautiful as it ages in natural tone.

-- Marty Ohio

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 04:42 PM

There have been a number of beautiful cribs lately, and yours fits right in among them. A question for you and any others reading – is there a set of plans you followed or used as a starting point for this project? I think I’ll need to be building one shortly.

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 05:21 PM


Did you turn the spindles?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 06:05 PM

What a great gift! Congrats to both.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 06:11 PM

Great looking cradle. I have built several of these for friends. Is this the Woodsmith plan? Just a bit of advise for anyone using that plan, it does not fit a standard cradle mattress. The plans will need to be adjusted. Or cut foam and sew a cover over it.

-- Al Hart

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