|Project by Thom||posted 2243 days ago||927 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
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.