|Project by Thinkerf||posted 06-21-2013 05:50 PM||1078 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
This cradle was one of the first projects I ever attempted. I think I have made four of them now..they became very popular in the family when the grandchildren started to arrive. The first three were made in my garage before I had my woodworking shop. The plans came from an October, 1997 edition of Canadian Workshop. The stand and cradle frame are made of solid red oak. The side panels and removable cradle bottom are made of oak veneer plywood. The designs in the side panels are done with a scroll saw and then laminated. In my case I used a sheet of walnut veneer to get the contrast. The cradle is hung from the stand by two 3” x 3” lazy susan bearings so it swings very easily. There is a foot activated lock mechanism under the cradle which can be engaged to prevent the cradle from moving. The cradle itself has a fair heft and the base is quite wide so it is very stable. I enjoyed making every one and they have become something of a family heirloom. The grandkids loved to put their own dolls in the cradles when they grew out of them.
The only real tricky part about the whole process was mounting the cradle to the stand..definitely a two person job. The screws that attach one half of the bearing to the stand are accessed through a small hole in the top arm of the cradle. One person has to index the cradle in a specific spot and hold it while another puts the screw in place through the small hole..a bit of a challenge but worth it. Thinkerf