Rocking Boat Baby Cradle

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 07-22-2012 10:39 PM 8227 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest – a cradle boat project I have completed for my newest grandchild. Built of Oak, Cherry and Okoume plywood, and finished with three coats of satin varnish. Intended as a rocking cradle, the boat can be converted to a rocking toy by changing the orientation of the rockers in installing a seat, footrest and hand-grab assembly.

UPDATE 4/3/2014: After changing the rockers over from baby cradle to Rocky Boat we discovered the original rockers were a little too short, allowing the ends of the boat to smack the floor when rocked to extremes. Rocking to extremes seems to be the normal for this grandchild, who has only two speeds: 100 MPH or asleep. I was afraid my active grandson would destroy the boat, so I made new ones. You can see them installed and in action here. My family’s heritage is Norwegian, hence the flag.


-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 10:55 PM

This is quite wonderful, I would love one in adult size! What a lucky grandchild, both to get this boat and to have a grandpa who loves him (her?) enough to make it!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 11:08 PM

Very cool design!! I’ve never seen a boat style cradle. I agree with Kay, I want an adult sized one.

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 01:19 AM

Really cool! And, you are working for the best customer in the world, a grandchild.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 06:30 PM

Awesome, and functional.

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 05:20 PM

This is beautiful, love the craftsmanship and the concept! Really well done.

-- Bryan, Maryland,,,

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 12:02 AM

I like this project. I have a grandchild on the way. Do you have plans for this?

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 08:44 PM

Hi Rod – thanks for your comment-

I did not make formal plans for this project, but simply laid it out (lofted it) full size on a piece of plywood. You can do this too, but if you have never built a boat or airplane or anything like that, I highly recommend you get a book on ‘lofting’ irregular and curved shapes. ‘LOFTING’ by Allan Vaitis, or ‘BOATBUILDING MANUAL’ by Robert Steward are good places to start.

If you are already an experienced boatbuilder I would not mind sitting down to sketch up the basic plans including the offsets needed – just let me know.


-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#8 posted 03-14-2017 02:32 PM

Neat idea, I take it the rocker and boat is on a swivel so the direction of the rockers can be changed at will.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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