LumberJocks

Walnut baby cradle

  • Advertise with us
Project by richgreer posted 04-17-2013 02:25 PM 1184 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





9 comments so far

View pmayer's profile (online now)

pmayer

573 posts in 1718 days


#1 posted 04-17-2013 02:28 PM

Nice work, Rich! Congrats on the cradle, and on Maxx.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112087 posts in 2230 days


#2 posted 04-17-2013 02:35 PM

very nice cradle

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Cozmo35's profile

Cozmo35

2198 posts in 1689 days


#3 posted 04-17-2013 02:37 PM

This will be a long cherished heirloom for sure.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3659 posts in 1818 days


#4 posted 04-17-2013 03:02 PM

You have developed a style all your own. It obviously satisfies your needs in the hobby, and I like the way your creations look and function. It also results in beautiful furniture. Enjoy the new grandson. They are small for such a short time.

Creativity is one of the most important aspects of a hobby for me, so I enjoy the design process as much as building something. Currently I am in our vacation home in La Conner, WA. I have a small shop here that is slowly coming together. But being on vacation gives me time for hobbies. So gotta have a shop.

Time for you to build a few toys….......maybe?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View grizzman's profile

grizzman

7010 posts in 1957 days


#5 posted 04-17-2013 03:05 PM

well if i lived close we could have put together a welcome home party….good to see you rich, this is a grand project, no only is it made with beautiful wood, i love walnut, and the lignum vitae a great choice for the dowel, you wont have to wonder if it will fail. just a beautiful job, i was thinking about you the other day and was wishing you would be back…very good to see you here this morning….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View Woodwrecker's profile

Woodwrecker

3607 posts in 2229 days


#6 posted 04-17-2013 03:21 PM

That’s a beauty Rich.
Good and sturdy and nice to look at.
Good job !

-- Having fun...Eric

View david38's profile

david38

1068 posts in 997 days


#7 posted 04-17-2013 03:47 PM

nice job

View joseph000's profile

joseph000

346 posts in 680 days


#8 posted 04-18-2013 09:57 AM

Awesome job richgreer.Baby cradle is the best method to ensure a safe and cozy sleeping area for your baby.Wooden Baby Cradle is durable, useful and greatly effective while caring for your new baby.

View Roger's profile

Roger

14562 posts in 1457 days


#9 posted 08-08-2013 12:38 PM

Very beautiful!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase