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Project by Russel posted 06-18-2008 02:24 AM 1568 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, I know I recently posted a pair of 'Grandma Cribs' but since I just finished this and we seem to be on a run of nursery furniture I figured I put this up as well.

This is for a young lady I work with who is in the process of having her first child (she’s taking her time). She’s a great kid and the same age as my kids with a very similar temperment. I’ve had the opportunity to work with her pretty much since she graduated high school and I’ve come to be very fond of her. So with her starting her family it seemed right to do something special for her.

This is the first cradle I’ve made and it was one of the more complex things I’ve done. The curved panels were an interesting experience, but not so much as matching the center rail to the curve of the top cross piece. That was fun (and not fully accurate). After laying out all the parts, the one thing I had forgotten to consider was how I was going to suspend the cradle from the stand … a couple holes and dowels did the trick and it all works quite nicely.

The cradle is made of mainly walnut with cherry panels and accents on the bottom. The bottom has cherry along the edges because the two pieces of walnut I glued together weren’t quite wide enough. But the correction made for a nice design element. It takes a standard cradle mattress of 15” x 33”, stands 34” tall and has a foot print of 22” x 38.

With this cradle, I’ve now made 1 standard crib, 5 wheelchair cribs and 6 Grandma cribs. And I only have one daughter. Man that’s a lot of babies.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 06-18-2008 03:50 AM

Russel This is one beautiful crib. Enjoy the wood blends and the finish, Very good build.

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

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#2 posted 06-18-2008 03:53 AM

Gorgeous crib Russel. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 06-18-2008 04:53 AM

A real beauty, Russel!

All these women must be getting pregnant just to score one of your cribs. :-)

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

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#4 posted 06-18-2008 05:21 AM

Russel, that is an awesome job! She’ll be absolutely thrilled to have it!

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 06-18-2008 12:15 PM

That sure is pretty. That walnut is awesome.

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#6 posted 06-18-2008 12:52 PM

Hi Russel,
Great cradle!
Wish I was closer to order one from you!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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#7 posted 06-18-2008 07:45 PM

Very nice job. The babies should love this design; they can see out. Here’s the one I made for ours:

This was never used as my wife decided to go for co-sleeping after all. It’s a Shaker design.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#8 posted 06-18-2008 11:03 PM

Wow, you really out-did yourself. Such a lucky lady. I love the walnut!

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#9 posted 06-23-2008 10:30 PM

Any chance you can post the finish you put on this? I’ve got some walnut and if I could bring out the figure even 1/4 as much as you did, I’d be thrilled. Excellent work.

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#10 posted 06-23-2008 10:39 PM

To finish the cradle, I sanded to 220 grit, then sprayed on a light coat of clear shellac. Then sanded with 400 grit followed by a few coats of wipe-on poly lightly sanding with 400 grit between each coat. The wood itself I got from a sawmill as ‘off-cuts’ which were considered unusable. Most of it has some really nice figure to it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 06-23-2008 10:47 PM

Very nice Russel. A fantastic job. Beautiful wood selection.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 06-23-2008 11:15 PM

wow that is beautiful.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#13 posted 10-04-2008 10:19 PM

Great, one of the nicest cradles I’ve ever seen. Love the walnut!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 10-04-2008 11:42 PM

that’s quite the gift!! Lucky mom & baby

Beautiful piece!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 10-04-2008 11:56 PM

Very nice Russel, very nice.

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