I just finished this for my new grand daughter, Fable. I got the idea from a description of a similar cradle that was supposedly made for Ernest Hemingway. I adapted the face profile and graphic from an illustration that I had in an old almanac from the late 1800’s.
The sides are 1/2” mdf, the mattress platform, headboard and footboard are 3/4” oak. The bottom panel is 3/16” hardboard.
All the pieces are set into dadoes, glued and screwed using coarse thread wallboard screws.
The overall size is 46” diameter, and the widest dimension at the bottom is about 18”.
I had to make it up as I was going along, I created a full size template of the side panels on white painted 1/4” hardboard, and laid out all the dadoes, screw holes, etc. I also had to make a trammel jig for my jig saw to cut an accurate circle and a jig for my router to rout the groove the bottom panel sits in.
I’ll be posting more photographs on my personal blog within the next few days, showing all the preliminary work I had to do with the template, the jigs and such. The link is: http://www.sadoldgoth.blogspot.com
I learned quite a bit on this project, especially since there were no plans available.
It’s a bit rough, but the next one will be much better, now that I’ve ironed out all the pitfalls!
This was a fun project, I hope you like it.