Rocking Cradle

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Project by Mike Chapman posted 04-29-2011 02:18 PM 2593 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cradle for baby Aspen, my good neighbor’s new grand child. Its made of Butternut with Walnut rockers. I used finger joints on the sides and sliding dovetails for the rockers. The small “Aspen Leaf” at the crown is fret sawn from Red Oak. Pure Tung Oil was applied in two coats. The design resulted from my having viewed hundreds of antique cradles on Google Images.


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#1 posted 04-29-2011 02:43 PM

This is one beautiful cradle, it just amazing in design and proportions. Thanks for posting BC

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#2 posted 04-29-2011 02:47 PM

You mean you didn’t use Aspen wood?!! Nicely done. Another heirloom added to the world.

-- Dave

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#3 posted 04-29-2011 02:48 PM

I’ve very impressed by both the design and the workmanship. I’ve never seen one designed like this. Is this your own design?

Regarding workmanship – it looks like you have virtually perfect finger joints on sides that are splayed. That is very impressive.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 04-29-2011 04:14 PM

Very Nice Indeed, wonderful design with artistic flair, masterful craftsmanship with the strength and beauty combining to show off the wonder of nature in such beautiful wood, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 04-29-2011 04:16 PM

That is so nice on so many levels

It is pure class from design to finish

The small details really make it


-- 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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#6 posted 04-29-2011 04:22 PM

Great job with the angles on the finger joints. Overall a really impressive build – beautiful work.

Thanks for sharing.

-- -- Mike

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#7 posted 04-29-2011 05:40 PM

It Kind-of reminds me of the one that norm made.
Thanks for sharing!!

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#8 posted 04-29-2011 06:13 PM

Stunning heirloom you created there. Simply awesome!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 04-29-2011 06:27 PM

Simply beautiful. I’m sure they will cherish this for years! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 04-29-2011 06:38 PM

Now that’s purty! Especially in butternut, a favorite of mine.

Great work and design.

-- M Clark, Georgia

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#11 posted 04-29-2011 10:17 PM

Yes, that is a very nice cradle. Excellent looking workmanship. And I really like your design.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 04-30-2011 05:15 AM

That is one of the best designs that I have seen. You did a very good job on this one.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#13 posted 05-04-2011 01:31 AM

It looks great! Very nice work. On the finger joints, they are darker than the sides. How did you do that? Or is it just the end grain finished darker? It really makes the project look superior and gives it a really professional touch. You did a great job!

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#14 posted 05-04-2011 04:09 AM

Dark finger joints are just Butternut end grain. Pure Tung Oil darkens end grain—almost too much actually.


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