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Project by EPICwoodwork posted 933 days ago 1726 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife and I found out we were having another baby, I wanted to make a cradle that could be handed down through the generations. After reading an article on the web about the steampunk subculture, I decided to use a few elements from it to make it unique. What started out as a few minor elements soon took on a life of its own and became what you see here. It is finished for now as it is currently in use by my brand new little boy, but my gears are already turning as to what I can still add to it.

The basket interior is plywood joined with rabbets, screws and glue. The exterior of the basket is poplar slats stained with Varathane Golden Mahogany to give it a barrell type look. The slats are glued and nailed. Each slat has a 6 degree bevel along the length and fits the 11” radius very tight. The rim around the top is also poplar with two rounded edges, also glued and nailed. The uprights and stretcher are hickory. The Spanner Wrench and Vernier Caliper on either end are from red mahogany scraps that I picked up from my part-time job. It would have burned if I hadn’t rescued it. The Caliper moves up and down and was intended to be a locking mechanism to keep the basket stationary, but the torque at the fulcrum was too much, so I’ll be adding a peg lock on the wrench side in the near future.

The Airship Light has a frame of 1/4” plywood held together with glue. I had to teach myself to sew to make the lampshade/airship cover. After learning to sew, I sewed up a couple little guys for a mobile, an adventurer and a yeti. I made the clockwork bee out of hickory and walnut scraps and the little gear is bubinga. The chrono-spider is a scrap piece of ebony. The ligh is a color-changing LED and you can see a video of it in action here

-- Royce, Iowa





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 933 days ago

Isn’t that cool as unique as they come.

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#2 posted 933 days ago

Great looking cradle and for sure it will be around for a long time

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 932 days ago

There’s a lot of neat ideas here and a great build but you do know that when he grows up and has a kid, he’ll make a conventional cradle for him thinking it’s radical. So it goes.
Love the airship, nice sewing too.

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

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#4 posted 932 days ago

this is awesome

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Bertha

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#5 posted 932 days ago

Love it! I’d never heard of Steampunk until I came here. It intrigues me now;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 931 days ago

Very nicely done. Lots of great steampunk elements here. I want that dirigible in my room :)

-- Brian

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Ben

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#7 posted 931 days ago

I love steampunk, but I’ve never seen any steampunk baby furniture. That is great! Done having kids, so a cradle isn’t a viable project for now. I’m hoping it will be a few years until I have a grandchild

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#8 posted 831 days ago

Great looking cradle. My wife and I are expecting as well and I have been looking for a different cradle ideas. I like this one.

-- Andy -the better I get, the older I get-

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