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I built this for my first grandchild and I wanted him to be able to give it to his grandchild.

Made from plans purchased online. Drilling the holes for the dowels and then getting everything glued up was the most difficult part of the process. Plans were extremely helpful in describing the best process.





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#1 posted 665 days ago

Having an immaculate look and feel. Built to last for a lifetime.

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#2 posted 665 days ago

Depth and character is shown in this work.

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#3 posted 665 days ago

Amazing

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#4 posted 665 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!! Great job!!

-- Ron, Michigan, www.Lappwoodworks.com

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Ben

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#5 posted 665 days ago

instant family heirloom

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#6 posted 665 days ago

Absolutely love this cradle. Great job. Would love to build one. Where did you purchase these plans?

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#7 posted 665 days ago

Outstanding work, graceful, kind and gentle curves, just like a cradle should be.

Love it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 665 days ago

Beautiful lines. Care to share the on line source of your plans

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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ssteadin

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#9 posted 665 days ago

Thanks for the kind words.

The plans were purchased from Cherrytreetoys.com (www.cherrytreetoys.com/Baby-Cradle-Plan-P2739.aspx). I only purchased the plans so I can’t speak to the hardware kit that they also offer. Also, a good source for the walnut dowels (there are a lot of them) is Cincinnati Dowels.

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#10 posted 664 days ago

beautiful looking cradle.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 664 days ago

What a great piece of furniture you’ve made here!

Any tips on the glue-up portion of this? I can imagine it was awfully challenging! Did you use a fairly slow-setting glue?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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ssteadin

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#12 posted 664 days ago

I used standard yellow glue, not sure right now of the brand…maybe Titebond. The plans come with a full sized glue up template for the ends of the cradle. This helps to make sure that the two ends match each other and that you end up with a flat and square bottom. I suggest two people for the gluing operation…it really takes four hands to put it together. I only applied glue to the ends of the dowels…probably not ideal but there are plenty of them to support the weight.

I just looked at some of your projects. You are way more advanced than I am and you would not have any trouble at all with this piece.

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jjmill1980

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#13 posted 664 days ago

Beautiful cradle! I am currently contemplating building a cradle for our 4th child who is on the way. Where did you get your plans?

-- ... I'm lost and enjoying every minute of it

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ssteadin

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#14 posted 664 days ago

Cherrytreetoys.com (www.cherrytreetoys.com/Baby-Cradle-Plan-P2739.aspx). Great plans with great assembly instructions. I think that I followed them pretty much to the letter except for going a little deeper with the holes for the dowels. You might also want to go up 1/64” in drill size for the dowel holes.

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jjmill1980

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#15 posted 664 days ago

Thanks for your reply. After I read through the posts again, I realized you had already given the source for your plans (sorry about that). How many board feet of walnut did you use?

-- ... I'm lost and enjoying every minute of it

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