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Project by Steven posted 03-18-2012 04:06 AM 1652 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago my wife and i were pregnant;-).
I am a furniture maker, but did a lot of other stuff in my professional life.

I decided to make a cradle for my kid(s), entirely in wood (exept the matras and patch).
There was no metal used for the construction.

For a couple of years i did nothing with wood, so the inspiration of a few years all found a way to this project;-).
If i take a look at it now, it’s maybe a little overkill…
My working space was very small (and cold), and had almost no tools. I bought a few, and rediscovered hand tools. It brougth me the joy of working wood again!

Still i’m pretty proud that i designed and created this for my kids.
My son becomes 2 years old next month, and my daughter became 10 months this week. They both enjoyed the cradle;-).


-- Steven Gauwberg, Belgium,

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 04:37 AM

Nice looking cradle. Great work!
...did you say you were also pregnant?....LOL…I never, my wife too!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 03-18-2012 05:36 AM

Hey Steven

This cradle is something to be proud of,it looks great and it’s design is excellent.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-18-2012 08:59 AM

Very beautiful work Steven. I’m looking forward to be able to make one of these, when the grand kids start coming along..

Thanks for sharing.
I was a little baffled about you being pregent also. You would never have to work again if you were..LOL

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

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#4 posted 03-18-2012 10:32 AM

Great job! A cradle for my first grandchild was my first major woodworking project. I’m sure one day you’ll have grandkids sleeping in this cradle.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 03-18-2012 03:56 PM

the cradle really stands out, you picked good spots to change wood

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 03-18-2012 05:15 PM

A real beauty! Love all the details, should be in the family forever! great work. Congrats on the new baby that is now a cpl yrs old!

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

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#7 posted 03-18-2012 06:29 PM

Thanks for the nice comments, i enjoy reading them.
My wife knows what it is to be pregnant, and i support her… (not always that easy;-))

The only pieces of the cradle that i drawed were the head ends. The rest growed while i was making it.
I had to be creative to have enough wood, cause the most of it were small, short parts.

Glad that you guys like it!!


-- Steven Gauwberg, Belgium,

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#8 posted 03-18-2012 09:02 PM

Thanks for sharing a piece clearly made with love. Beautiful result. And happy birthdays to the little ones !

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

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#9 posted 03-19-2012 01:25 AM

That is a beautiful and unique cradle. I really like the use of short contrasting pieces joined with the box joints. This is definately a family heirloom that should see many generations of babies.

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

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#10 posted 03-19-2012 02:58 AM

That’s a great looking cradle, you have very fortunate children.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 03-19-2012 03:45 PM

That is really beautiful. Welcome to Lumber Jocks.

-- Kayvon

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#12 posted 04-11-2012 07:00 PM

Very nice :) made me smile!

-- Michael and Matthew

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