Walnut baby cradle

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Project by richgreer posted 04-17-2013 02:25 PM 1652 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.

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

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

-- PaulMayer,

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

very nice cradle

-- Custom furniture

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#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

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Jim Bertelson

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#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

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#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 ...[''''']

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Eric in Florida.

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

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

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

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

nice job

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#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.

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

Very beautiful!

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

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