|Project by richgreer||posted 04-17-2013 02:25 PM||1697 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
This baby cradle was built MY WAY. I used no plans and used virtually no hardware. It is also typical of my style with clean, simple lines and a certain bulkiness to it. I chose dimensions that would fit the 15×33 inch mattress and dimensions that, in my opinion, looked right.
The vertical pieces and the cross piece of the frame are done with 6/4 walnut. The legs are 2.25 inches thick. All joinery was done with dowels.
It does not show up well in the pictures but the vertical pieces at each end are tapered a little – I like that look.
Also, this wood has a few knots and blemishes that I deliberately left in. They add some character and they are not in a location that would compromise strength.
In the third picture you will see a close up of the pegs I use to suspend the cradle. The pegs are made of lignum vitae. It is a very hard and strong wood and it is a little oily so it is self-lubricating. I turned the pegs on my lathe. Not in the picture is a third lignum vitae peg that can be stuck through a hole in the frame and into a hole in the cradle to stabilize if.
The floor is just a piece of plywood. I wanted to give the parents the option of wrapping a small sheet around that piece of plywood so it is attached with 4 wood screws and can easily be removed and replaced. That is the only hardward I used.
This cradle will be used by my son and his wife for their new son, Maxx – our first grandchild.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.