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Project by JayVT posted 01-09-2012 02:53 AM 3912 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this project is a blast from the past. I built this for wife when we were expecting our first son about ten years ago. it is constructed with thin strips of wood stapled and glued with epoxy onto a form. The accents, rails, transom and rockers are all out of mahogany. The plans were from a book titled “The Expecting Father’s Cradle Boat Book”. A good friend of mine had started the project cutting out all the forms and mounting them and laying a single strip of wood then he gave up. Several years later when I decided to start mine I was able to use the forms he had originally cut out. I still vividly remember pulling the hundreds of staples from the wood strips after the epoxy had set. I have many more photos I will post in a blog about the project.

-- Jay, Southern Maine, Commercial Printer/Graphic Designer





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#1 posted 01-09-2012 02:55 AM

What a cool idea good job jay.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 03:23 AM

Wow, I really like that!

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 03:50 AM

Nice job Jay, thanks for the PM notice, this is a sweet boat,hope is this a hidden message for you both to
“dont rock the boat” :)))

You sure live in the little folks world LOL
Pete

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

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 04:59 AM

Supper nice Cradle! But i’m glad my folks didn’t put me in one. I get sea sick just thinking about it. :)

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 01-09-2012 03:26 PM

Very nice, I like the design.
MIKE

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#6 posted 01-09-2012 04:33 PM

Nice job Mike.
I’ve built 36 footers that way. It’s called cold molding. The only real difference is that you don’t have top pull hundreds of staples. You have to pull millions of them ;-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#7 posted 01-09-2012 09:27 PM

Rock, a, bye, baby, on, the, wave, top, when, the, wind, blows , the , cradle, will, rock.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 01-10-2012 03:49 AM

Inspiring cool idea! Maybe I’ll have to finish my canoe in the garage one of these days.

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#9 posted 01-12-2012 07:33 PM

Hi Shipwright, thank you for the comment. I’ve always thought about doing another larger boat someday. Not 36 feet! Maybe a 14’ or something, a small rowboat or possibly a sailboat. I’ll have to save that project for when I retire!

-- Jay, Southern Maine, Commercial Printer/Graphic Designer

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#10 posted 05-17-2012 11:54 AM

I like how the rockers look like waves. I have good friends that just found out they are expecting and I wish I knew how to make something like this for them. Really nice!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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