Cradle For Our First Grandchild

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Project by OttoH posted 934 days ago 1331 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I have spent all my spare time these last three months building a cradle for our first grandchild who was born early this morning. I used hard maple and stained it an antique cherry to match the rest of the furniture in the nursery.

I made the cradle so it can be taken apart and put together using only a single medium straight blade screwdriver by using 10-24 brass screw inserts. This is based on a set of plans I purchased at Rockler with of course a few of my own modifications thrown in.

This project was a major stretch for me, and I learned a lot by doing it. I am glad that it is completed and shipped off so my new grandson can use it, but I do feel like I was giving birth to the cradle and part of me hated to see it go.

The inside of the cradle is 36 by 18 and the overall dimensions are 44 by 23 by 36

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 934 days ago

very nice

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#2 posted 934 days ago

Beautiful work. And congrats on being new grandparents..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 934 days ago

Beautiful work Granpa

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#4 posted 934 days ago

Congratulations, Grandpa! Just think of all the times you will be seeing both of your masterpieces—grandson and crib! Very nicely done.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#5 posted 934 days ago

That is AWESOME!!! Congradulations!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 934 days ago

You did a super job on this. I like everything about it. You have created a family heirloom which should be in the family for generations. I hope you signed and dated it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 934 days ago

Congrats. This is a wonderful cradle.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 934 days ago

WOW Great Lookin Cradle

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 934 days ago

Congrats Grandpa. Simple lines make for an absolutely stunning piece of work. Beautiful labor of love.

-- Matt

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#10 posted 934 days ago

Congrats Grampa!
Nothing else like it. One of the joys of aging.

Oh, and a wonderful job on the cradle. That is superb.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 934 days ago

Nice work.
Making it easy to disassemble and store is important because they only use them for about 6 months and then they take up space until the next child comes along. It also makes it easy to keep them as heirlooms. I have done that to all three of mine.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 933 days ago

You can be rightly proud of your result with this one Otto, very well done bet youn never see this one on EBay :: )))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 568 days ago

That is beautiful!! My wife and I are expecting another child in July and I would love to make a cradle for him/her. Did you use any plans or make it all up on your own.

-- *God is Good*

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