Penelope's Cradle - March 2012

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Project by BobThompson posted 01-12-2013 03:50 AM 1380 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cradle was featured in Wood Magazine, October 1987 Issue #19. My wife was just pregnant with our second child and I really wanted to build this cradle. Life was too busy and I didn’t have time. Then again in late 1989 my wife was pregnant with our third child. I dug into my archives of magazines and found the Wood Magazine, but again, too busy. We have three girls by the way!!

So when my middle daughter was pregnant with our first grandchild I was bound and determined to build the cradle. So once again I dug through my magazine archives and found the copy of Wood. With the help of my other two daughters we got the cradle almost built before Penelope was born. We finished it in the afternoon, after she was born. We did get the bedding and teddy bear in it before they got home from the hospital.

The wood is alder, I did make a couple of slight modifications to the basket support assembly but they are very minor.

My daughter wanted it black, it just about killed me to hide the wood!!

-- Bob in Washington State

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 04:49 AM

Beautiful looking crib Bob.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-12-2013 06:04 AM

Wow!! Looks lovely crib… Bob!
Nice job…

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#3 posted 01-12-2013 08:57 AM

Bob that is a nice looking cradle
That’s the advantage of being a grandparent You get
a second chance and you get to work with your kids.
You can start planning the second two cradles. I might
be an idea to make a frame for that article. :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 01:21 PM

Wonderful work, better than any store bought, thank you for sharing

-- Pete in NC

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 01:22 PM

Beautiful project, I agree on the paint

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 12:02 AM

They are great, good job.

I have made several quite similar and have found out that they don’t get used for very long. Maybe 6 month then if the child is not a girl (for her dolls) there is a problem storing them. I solved that by making them easy to disassemble using threaded inserts and bolting everything together with brass screws. Then they can be stored flat and will more likely become heirlooms.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 09:23 PM

Beautiful work, Bob. I’m usually not a fan of painting either, but in this case, you have done a masterful job! I’m amazed at how smooth the finish looks.

Kudos on Les’ idea to use inserts. I’ve made several of these and will incorporate his insightful suggestion on future builds.

Thanks for posting!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#8 posted 11-20-2014 02:51 AM

Great Idea…

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