Twin size cradle

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Project by Francois Vigneron posted 01-31-2012 02:25 AM 2817 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our family was blessed with 5 babies in 10 months…. More exactly, my wife’s brother had a baby girl (Celeste). Then my wife’s sister had twins (Izzy & Willow). Then we had twins too (Anna & Joseph). The second good news is : it means I’ll always have lots of woodworking to do !

So here it is : a giant cradle that can accommodate two babies or a substantial subset of the doll collection.

I designed this cradle with some Greene and Greene accents (the cloud lifts, the tsuba shaped handles, proud dovetails joints). For the rockers I used light colored maple plugs on dark walnut.

Types of wood :
- sides : maple & mahogany
- rocker : walnut with maple square plugs
- bottom (invisible in the pictures, sorry) : aromatic cedar so bedbugs don’t bite !

Remark :
In the 5th picture, you can see the pine soles that provide a smoother rock than the uneven tiles of the living room.

Finish : FDA approved mineral oil (baby proof).

This project was completed in Altadena, 12/2009.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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Francois Vigneron

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 02:31 AM

I was actually wondering if the Greene brothers used the contrast of light accent on darker wood (like the rockers in this project) in any of their work ? Last time that I visited the Gamble’s house, I think I only saw the opposite contrast (dark ebony accent on lighter oak/mahogany). Anyone has seen light-colored plugs in any G&G furniture ?

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 03:23 AM

This is a wonderful crib it’s design is great.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 03:38 AM

Nicely done, I like the G+G accents!

Francois, good question, I have never seen it reversed either. I was in the Gamble house just over a year ago, and only saw walnut with ebony or mahogany with ebony as far as I can recall.

Really no reason why it cannot be well done, as shown in the photos above!

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

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 04:42 AM

Beautiful. And the crib is good-looking too!

Ingenious idea with the ‘softeners’ for the tile floor. Makes perfect sense when you see them!

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 03:32 PM

Very nice Cradle, Made one a while back was the hardess project I ever did. Love the dovetail end look and the wood mix. Keep up the great work.

-- Marty Ohio

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 05:28 PM

i like it,maybe someone in my family will start having kids.

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 06:37 PM

Congrats!!!!! Wow 5, that will keep everyone busy! you’ll be doing alot of woodworking if you can get away for a min. Good luck!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 02-02-2012 10:59 PM

Awesome. We have 2 sets of twins! 10 weeks old and nearly 4 years

-- Just published my first book - Woodworking for Everyone -

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Francois Vigneron

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 05:46 PM

@Peter : Thanks and congratulations for this recent double double-blessing ! I love your family projects.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#10 posted 02-13-2012 12:04 PM

This is Beuatiful. You are very talented.

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#11 posted 02-21-2013 04:54 PM

Now that’s a rocking cradle. Very nice work, like your use of light and dark wood.

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