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Project by jusfine posted 981 days ago 1206 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this hopper shaped cradle for my daughter’s first child who was born September 16th, 2011.
Decided to use as many hand tools as I could, and still ended up going with the Leigh jig for the compound joinery.

I did struggle with the dovetails, mostly the fit of the angles, and detailed this in the blog with more photos and some of the issues I dealt with.

Peruvian walnut was my lumber of choice, the carcass rests on a breadboard style base which holds the Congolo Alves rockers in dovetailed slots.

The project was finished with Fiddes Hardwax Oil, which is easily applied and finishes with a low sheen.

And it looks like we have at least one small person who enjoys it…

If you have any questions, I would be glad to answer them, especially if you are trying to make a similar cradle – maybe I can help avoid some wasted time.

Thanks for looking!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 981 days ago

Beautiful cradle and congrats.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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jusfine

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#2 posted 981 days ago

Thank you!
It was my first attempt at a cradle and first larger project with the Leigh jig, and I think it turned out pretty well.

My daughter said they use it quite a bit, so that makes it all worthwhile!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 980 days ago

I am impressed with the cradle and using powertools at a minimum. BTW, that’s a lot of hair for a new baby!

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mafe

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#4 posted 979 days ago

I can’t get tired of looking at this wonderful cradle, but this wonderful grand child is taking the picture from your exelnt work, so I’m not sure what is what.
She is so beautiful.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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jusfine

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#5 posted 979 days ago

I agree about the hair, Knothead! The first photo on the blog was taken the evening of her birth. Wish I still had as much…

Thanks, Mads, that’s what I wanted to hear… :)

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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vipond33

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#6 posted 965 days ago

What a beauty, both of them.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Ranger97ab

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#7 posted 880 days ago

I have to say they are both very beautiful, very nice looking cradel has a nice old style to it. Had to drop a post to a fellow Albertan, I just joined a couple weeks ago & it looks like a pretty good site.
Well Take care,

Randy

-- I Live for Sawdust Flying ! Randy- Lacombe, Alberta

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