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Project by Davesfunwoodworking posted 2230 days ago 2712 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would like to start off by saying thank you very much to Dewayne. He sent me the planes for the cradle after seeing his. So a great big thank you!!!! This cradle took some 300 hours and about 5 months of working when I could on it. Its all made out of Oak and Purple Heart. I did change a few things on it to make it my own so I didnt copy Dewaynes the whole way. I made this for a gift for my Brother and Sister in-law. I hope it will last a long time and many babies to come okay maybe one more.

Here is the wood I used on the cradle.

These are the patterns I made up for the cradle. I think they had to be the hardest part of the whole thing.

Here is the cradle after one coat of hand rubed poly.

This is the bottom of the cradle all 3/4 inch White Oak.

Some other pictures of the cradle.

After 5 coats of poly hand rub.( What alot of work it is to finish a job like this. Finish, sand, finish, sand, finish, sand,,,,, okay you get the point.) Its done, time for baby to come and see his new bed.

Thanks for looking at my cradle. It was fun to make. Now All I need to do is come up with something elss to do… Any ideas??

-- Davesfunwoodworking





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Napaman

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#1 posted 2230 days ago

wow…that is FANTASTIC!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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dewoodwork

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#2 posted 2230 days ago

Beautiful Dave, You did good. She’s a beaut’ I like the changes you made in some of the shapes and nobs. Looks like you glued in plugs instead of using removable caps for the basket assembly screws. Is it not a knock down basket? I packed mine away wrapped in foam in a large box while it awaits its next occupant.

Thanks for the honorable mention and for posting those awesome pics.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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Roper

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#3 posted 2230 days ago

very nice the different woods really make the project.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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trifern

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#4 posted 2230 days ago

Nice looking crib. The attention to detail are great. Thank you for sharing.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 2230 days ago

Wow! That purpleheart really makes this spectacular.

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

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Kevin

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#6 posted 2230 days ago

I agree wow!. That purpleheart looks amazing. I just love the colors.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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SteveKorz

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#7 posted 2230 days ago

Wow, that kid’s gonna live in a king’s bed. All that purple makes it almost majestic. Very Nice!! Very well done.

—Steve

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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jockmike2

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#8 posted 2229 days ago

Very nice looking crib. The woods together does make it beautiful. mike

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

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#9 posted 2229 days ago

Dewayne, No the basket does not come apart. I thought about it, but I was afraid it might not make it back together after it sits for a few years while they wait for there next baby.
To everone elss thank you for all the kind words. Thanks, Dave

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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woodbutcher

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#10 posted 2229 days ago

Davesfunwoodworking, Now that does look like Fun! Beautiful work man! I want you to guess and tell me what the whole thing weighs. I know that Purpleheart weighs a ton compared to the Oak which in its’ self aint light!
The finish is just great-baby wont be teething through 5coats of poly to ever find real wood to chew on! Again congratulations on a great fit and finish job!
p.s.
You know why I didn’t comment on the use of two different woods! I’d never use 2different woods in constructing anything!-lol.

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#11 posted 2229 days ago

I would say the whole thing weighs about 60lbs to 70lbs maybe?? I know its heavy. Thanks for the kind words.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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griff

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#12 posted 2229 days ago

This is another beautiful cradle, It has a wonderful shine what is the finish ?

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

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#13 posted 2229 days ago

The finish is Wipe on polyurethane made by Minwax. Its a finish like tung oil. Infact its Tung oil, linseed oil and polyurethane mix. Its fast drying time makes it nice to use and I injoy hand rubbing my finishes on rather then brushing or spraying them on. Thanks for asking.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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Kipster

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#14 posted 2228 days ago

Great cradle and great pics.

Thanks for the Post.

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

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Rj

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#15 posted 2222 days ago

Oh Man that is the best looking craddle I ever seen .
Lots of great details Without over powering the project .
I to like using Minwax Poly its very easy to use and looks great.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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