Another Crib

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Project by lew posted 04-11-2013 12:51 AM 1576 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend and co-worker gave me some very old “old growth” pine. He was renovating his pre-Civil War home and the boards had been put up, at some point, to wall off an area in the house.

Used the same pattern as the previous cradles (Woodsmith) and made all of the parts (except for the accents of Walnut) from the pine. Spindles were turned without the aid of any duplicating device.

The pine was extremely dry and brittle from years of heat in the home. It was also very soft. The boards were not planed and a lot of the beautiful patina was lost to the sizing operations. I was pleasantly surprised to see some of the original patina came back during finishing. No effort was made to hide nail holes, worm tunnels or other defects.

Finish is just several coats of clear, semigloss Minwax poly.

I imagine he will be a grandpa one of these days, so I hope it comes in handy.

Thanks for looking!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 12:55 AM

That is a work of art! Beautiful job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 04-11-2013 12:57 AM

Beautiful job Lew.

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

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#3 posted 04-11-2013 01:01 AM

You have brought that old pine back to life! What an excellent looking crib! I love the warm look of the old pine. It’s just so perfect in every way and stands out like fine art! Nice job on this project.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 04-11-2013 01:17 AM

Great job on all that turning. Looks beautiful!

-- Ray,, Cincinnati, OH

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Tom Godfrey

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#5 posted 04-11-2013 01:38 AM

Excellent job and as someone said a work of art. Great job on turning all those spindles. Not sure I could make that many they still looks like the first one.
Do these sell for you or is this for friend or family?

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#6 posted 04-11-2013 02:40 AM

Beautiful job lew. Congratulations, the the baby sleep tonigt…

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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Sam Shakouri

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#7 posted 04-11-2013 03:11 AM

Congratulations. I award you Long Time Top One project.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Eric in Florida.

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#8 posted 04-11-2013 03:17 AM

Wow ! That’s a real beauty Lew.
Art & Function combined to create an heirloom !
One of the nicest projects I’ve seen in a while !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#9 posted 04-11-2013 04:22 AM

wow…super nice…really love the router details…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 04-11-2013 04:29 AM

WOW, great job. Love the creativeness that you have in all your projects, especially this one. The skill and craftsmanship is 2nd to none. Love it

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 04-11-2013 07:19 AM

Elegant work. Great design

-- Dreaming patterns

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 04-11-2013 07:26 AM

Gorgeous, would make any baby proud.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#13 posted 04-11-2013 12:01 PM

All I can say is WOW!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#14 posted 04-11-2013 01:24 PM

Absolutely gorgeous, Lew. Wow!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 04-11-2013 01:35 PM

Beautiful work, Lew. That turned out great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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