Baby Cradle

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Project by WoodChucker posted 05-12-2008 07:27 PM 2343 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Due to my Step daughter making me a Grandpa recently (April-08) the completion of the workshop has been put on hold one more time as this project has taken up any spare time I had.

I built the cradle from Black walnut and finished it with ½ a dozen coats of a satin wipe on polly, Because of the beauty of walnut no stain was used. I was very pleased with how the finish turned out. My wife Gail found some time to sew the little mattress for the cradle.

Mother and baby were all very happy.

-- WoodChucker, Sherwood Park, Alberta

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#1 posted 05-12-2008 09:39 PM

Outstanding cradle!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-12-2008 09:44 PM

I am sure that they would be happy with this. It is a gorgeous cradle. This is an heirloom cradle that will be used for many years. It is nice to see both you and your wife teaming up on this project.

Well done (both of you, of course).

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-12-2008 10:31 PM

Hopefully destined to become a heirloom. You can’t go wrong with walnut. I like the design too. Well done.

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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#4 posted 05-13-2008 01:28 AM

Excellent work; that is a very nice cradle. The fit and finish are outstanding!

Also, Congrats!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 05-13-2008 01:30 AM

well done. You did a very good job on the spindles. Did you bend them or cut them out of a piece of wood ?

-- JJohn

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 01:34 AM

Great Job. Nice muti purpose design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 05-13-2008 04:36 AM

Very cool. I love Walnut.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#8 posted 05-13-2008 05:53 AM

Great looking cradle. I wish I had made one for my daughter.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 05-13-2008 11:02 AM

That’s a truly wonderful heirloom – well done.

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#10 posted 05-13-2008 08:24 PM

Excellent work, I especially like the shaping of the spars on the side of the cradle!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#11 posted 05-14-2008 02:25 AM

Very nicely done. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 05-14-2008 02:05 PM

This is an absolutely gorgeous cradle that will be family pride for many generations. Nice job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 05-15-2008 12:07 AM

Thanks for the kind comments and here are some answers for a few of the questions, I should probably include them in the description.
I found the design on the internet somewhere some time ago and liked it so much I downloaded it. So I cannot take credit for the Design. The spindles were not bent. I found a nice piece of flat sawn walnut and cut and sanded each one, I should have made a template and used a router. The grain than runs straight up the ribs so they are good and strong.

-- WoodChucker, Sherwood Park, Alberta

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#14 posted 06-12-2008 06:43 PM

Love the work, love the walnut!

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#15 posted 07-29-2008 05:45 AM

Beautiful cradle, I just now discovered it! The walnut is gorgeous,and I really like the rockers on the bottom of the cradle, allowing it to be used at two different heighths. The fitting and finish are just superb. Did I understand that each spindle was cut individually? I’m assuming that they’re tennoned into mortises in the rails? That must have been one more chore making all of them individually. I’m going to have to make something with curved spindles such as that for something soon, some designs just inspire you sometimes and those curved spindles really got my attention. Congratulations on a very well executed, build.
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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