Cherry Baby Cradle

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Project by lavenrw posted 08-02-2012 01:39 PM 2514 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 02:43 PM

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Wow that’s one amazing rocking cradle,great workmanship and beautiful wood.Forgive the observation but it does look like it has a very high center of gravity making me a bit concerned about placing a little one in it.

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 02:52 PM

It does have very nice lines. I like the pre-staining version a little better, but of course, it was not for me!

Good point Jim – a baby pulling himself up and leaning over that side rail would provide a lot of leverage for tipping. Perhaps you could test that out with the dog? :) Even if it is a bit top heavy, you could mitigate that with fitted bars to place under the railings when the crade is not being actively rocked. An upscale version of the blocks they use for for the wheels on airplanes.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 08-02-2012 02:59 PM

Thanks a1Jim. You are correct that the stability was a concern which is why I think most people use swinging cradles. We tried it with some books on the mattress for weight and you really had to push hard to get past the safety turn-downs on the ends of the rockers. If it was for a toddler rather than just a newborn there would be a greater concern. It went in their bedroom between their bed and a dressing table that was on the other side so it limited the movement. If I made more to sell I would add the rocker safety wiores like the one below that you can flip up and down as needed.

-- Woodworking - it's much cheaper than a psychiatryst!

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 03:44 PM

Nice work, I’m sure she loves it.

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

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#5 posted 08-02-2012 06:15 PM

Good-looking cradle with some thoughful features !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 08-28-2012 02:35 AM

Very impressive! I recently built one for my granddaughter, so I know how much work it is.

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

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