Doll Cradle

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Project by mpmitche posted 04-05-2012 02:33 AM 972 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project my daughter asked to do after looking through Michael Dunbar’s Country Woodworking book. She helped all through the project on the things she is big enough to do like drilling holes with an egg beater or brace, catching the offcuts when handsawing, pounding nails, rasping, card scraping, sanding and painting. Her little brother pitched in a bit too.

The finish was some acrylic paint (one coat) which was rubbed with wax and 0000 steel wool. This gave it a nice distressed finish where the wood shows through on the highspots of the grain and the edges.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 03:24 AM

That is just an awesome story. Keep that kid in the shop with you.

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 03:27 AM

Nice project. The project itself however was just a means to do the really important part which was to involve the ones in the picture.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 05:41 AM

Ulterior motives: Just like a Granddad

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 01:36 PM

Are those helpers available for hire?

Thanks for posting!
Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#5 posted 04-06-2012 01:46 AM

Thanks for the comments all. It was really great to have them working with me and see them enjoying it so much.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 05:45 AM

How excellent getting the kids involved….great cradle design…Cheers, crowie

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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