|Project by dukeofburl||posted 02-08-2013 09:06 AM||2183 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I made this baby cradle for my Daughter’s first baby. Although the plans called for it being made from Maple and also having spindles she wanted it made from Cherry and with slats instead. Since this deviated from the plans, I had to determine the number and size of slats as well as the spacing. I made the slats 1 1/2” wide by 9” long and slightly less than 3/8” thick. I hate to waste wood so I started with 14 slats (13/16” thick) and split them down the middle to make all 28 required slats. I decided to use mortise and tenon joints for attaching the slats to the rails. This required 56 mortises and tenons. I made the mortises by using a 1/4” router bit installed in the router table and successively plunge routed all of them. The tenons were cut on the table saw a little on the fat side and were cleaned up with a shoulder plane to fit perfectly. Instead of squaring up all of the mortises, I chose to slightly round the corners of the tenons to fit the mortises. All sharp edges were rounded with a 1/16” router bit except for the bottom shelf which was rounded with 1/8” bit. The end stiles and rails were attached using biscuits. During final assembly, I chose not to glue the slats since they were completely captured by the top and bottom rails. Top and bottom side rails were screwed/glued to the end stiles. To make things a Little easier, I pre-finished many of the pieces before final assembly.
What makes this cradle a little unique is that it has a glider mechanism which makes it very stable. Fortunately, the cradle was finished approx 2 weeks before the baby’s arrival. This cradle has a nice shelf underneath for storing diapers, blankets, etc. The cradle is also large enough that my daughter uses it as a changing table. The baby gave her seal of approval and after a short time, figured out that she could rock herself.