Lily's new cradle - 5/17/2008

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Project by Thom posted 06-10-2008 04:11 AM 1403 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father and I made this cradle for my brother and his wife’s new baby girl. It took us 4 months of weekend to take 4/4 ruff mill walnut to end project. The cradle was delivered 4 days after the baby was born, talk about cutting it close. The cradle breaks down into a soon to be made case for transport and/or storage. The eight pegs that hold it together are made from Zebra wood and the walnut was finished with 6 coats of 2 pound cut shellac.

Things I would change if I did this project again.

The plans called for half inch wood and we made it true to the plans. If I were to make it again, I would use 3/4 vs. the 2/4 finish stock to add to the mass of the cradle. It was a real shame taking 4/4 stock which was really 5/4 when I got it home and measured it down to 2/4 which the plans called for. At the time our 18” resaw bandsaw was not setup so watching all that wood turn to sawdust was truly heartbreaking.

When the cradle was finally completed prior to finishing, we assembled the cradle to test how level the cradle was. We knew that we would have to fine tune the feet to make it level but as it turned out, it was less then 1 degree off from perfect. This completely stunned my father and I.

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#1 posted 06-10-2008 04:39 AM

beautiful cradle…but the baby takes the cake…please pass on a congrat;s from this LJ…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 06-10-2008 04:47 AM

Beautiful cradle and its companion, congrats to all, very well done

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 06-10-2008 05:17 AM

Perfect….Both of them

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#4 posted 06-10-2008 05:50 AM

Tossil…..........nice job… the cradle in walnut. Best part is the Be-babe just rock’in!!!!!! Yeah….knock’in down without resawing to 1/2” must hurt a bit, but for shipping reason if it goes cross-country or around the world 1/2” makes it lighter and still has the structure. Interesting choice on the zebra wood pegs.

Hoping the cradle has a few more occupants and gets passed around…....You and Dadio slammed it.


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#5 posted 06-10-2008 12:34 PM

Beautiful Baby and craddle, by the looks if the cradle it should last for many generations of baby’s.The knockdown style is good idea. As Neil said above I love your selection of woods.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#6 posted 06-10-2008 03:22 PM

Excellent work.

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

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#7 posted 06-10-2008 03:54 PM

Beautiful cradle for a beautiful baby! You guys did a great job on this cradle. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 06-10-2008 08:05 PM

Sweet job on both. I don’t know which I like best. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 06-11-2008 06:26 AM

Made with Love…Blkcherry

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#10 posted 06-12-2008 12:48 AM

Beatuifull both of them,quite a head of hair for a newborn, congrats and thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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