Wormy Chestnut Cradle

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Project by Manitario posted 05-13-2013 12:22 AM 1538 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a good friend of mine is having a baby and she asked if I’d build a cradle for her. Of course! After some deliberation about different cradle designs, she picked a cradle from wood magazine. I got to decide on the wood type. I have wanted to use wormy chestnut for awhile, so this gave me a great excuse to buy a bunch. The cradle was a relatively easy build (especially having plans from Wood). The slats though required an unfortunate amount of sanding. The other difficulty I had with the cradle is that the wormy chestnut is well, wormy. I had to take several creative liberties in order to work around the various voids and splits in the wood. Finished with 2 coats of Minwax natural stain and 3 coats of satin wipe on poly followed by a coat of wax.

I have to ship the cradle out to my friend; this involved building a very large crate and some creative packing with bubble wrap! Hope it will arrive intact!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 12:40 AM

They are lucky to have you as a friend! Great job on the cradle, Rob. That wormy chestnut is sweet.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 12:45 AM

excellent choices.

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 12:48 AM

Very nice build on this cradle, and the wood selection is outstanding. You are lucky to have found this wormy chestnut, it is hard to come by in my neck of the woods. Last and only time I was able to get some, it was reclaimed and cost plenty.
Your friend is lucky to get this, and I’m sure it will greatly appreciated.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 05-13-2013 01:11 AM

Nice cradle. We’re expecting our first grandchild in September. You might have given me an idea.

-- Dave K.

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#5 posted 05-13-2013 01:56 AM

Thanks guys! I’m pleased with the way that this turned out; I don’t have any children (or plan to in the near future!) but I’m sad to send this away. The wormy chestnut was from a guy on Ebay; I think I paid ~$7/bf. Not cheap, but I love the look of the wood.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 05-13-2013 02:46 AM

So much character in the material and he design. Amazing work Rob!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 05-13-2013 02:37 PM

You do good work. That should be an heirloom handed down over the generations. Dollies like them too.

The only cradle I ever built was for one of my children, forty years ago. No plans, not great tools. Made it from fir, screws, and glue. It still lives, but is relegated to putting my grandchildren’s dolls to sleep. It rocked, and was very useful for cranky babies. I remember trying to sleep with one leg over the side of the bed, rocking the cradle with my foot.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 05-14-2013 03:00 PM

Nice job on the cradle it looks really good, great choice on the wood too. I am finishing up one just like it for my first Great Grandson who is due in a couple of weeks. I did make a few changes on the plans and it seems to be coming out ok. Oh, and nice job on the crate too. :)

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#9 posted 05-14-2013 03:03 PM

Very nice work and cool wood too.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 05-15-2013 03:02 AM

Great Lookin Cradle Like the Wood

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 05-15-2013 03:11 AM

Nice work, great choice of wood.

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#12 posted 06-09-2013 03:26 AM

What a treasured piece this will be!

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#13 posted 09-05-2014 03:44 PM


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