|Project by lavenrw||posted 08-02-2012 01:39 PM||2222 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a cradle I made for a former co-worker’s first grandchild. I found lots of plans for swinging cradles but no rocking cradles that suited the style she wanted. I ended up going to a Babys R Us store and making measurements off one they had in stock. I made sure that the inside of the cradle fit a standard baby mattress size. I bookmatched the raised panels in the ends of the cradle and then stained them before assembly since they “float” in the frame like a frame and panel cabinet door.
The spindles are made from cherry dowel rod but I made the tollerance of the holes a bit too tight and the assembly process was a bit stressful – LOTs of clamps and even a few “taps” from a deadblow hammer. The rockers were the hardest part and I ended up make quite a few sets of MDF templates to get the angles just right. The downturn at the ends of the rockers are a safety feature to keep the cradle from tipping over if leaned too far.
It was a surprise gift and she didn’t want to wait for the cherry to age so I ended up using a dark stain which I covered with polyurethane for a durable finish.
-- Woodworking - it's much cheaper than a psychiatryst!