Baby Tender II - Baby Cradle With Modifications

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Baby Tender II Cradle Boat with Modifications

I made the cradle and my wife made the mattress and side bumpers for an on the way grandchild. We delivered this gift today and they were completely surprised.

It is based on the “Baby Tender II” plans I purchased from Jordan Wood Boats ( Great people to work with! I received the full sized plans in less than a week after ordering them.

Since I had already milled a bunch of 1½” x 3/16” thick strips of redwood (cut with rabbets) I used them for the sides instead of cutting new lumber for the planks. Another deviation from the plans is I used ¼” mahogany plywood for the bottom vs. the planks called for in the plans.

Lumber used:
1) Redwood (strips and transom cut from 2×6 construction grade lumber—straight grain with few knots).
2) ¼” Mahogany Plywood (used for bottom only).
3) 3/4” thick walnut for breast hook and stem knees and ¼”x3/4’ for gunnels.
4) 1/8” thick strip of white ash laminated to bottom of rockers.

Side note: There are plenty of minor errors in craftsmanship but I am still satisfied with the end results.


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#1 posted 423 days ago

Fine work LWW!

It looks mighty comfortable as well.

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#2 posted 423 days ago

A new family heirloom is born. Good job!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 423 days ago

Very nice, the grandbaby will be very well rocked. The minor errors are what I call character and usually no one else can ever find them.

-- Bob in Washington State

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#4 posted 423 days ago

Wow what a cool idea..great job

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#5 posted 423 days ago

Rock a bye baby…......... in the boat hull…............... when the wind blows…....... the boat hull will rock… lol
Very kool

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

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#6 posted 423 days ago

Great job!


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#7 posted 423 days ago

Beautiful work! I made this a few years ago with three planks, the way you used more planks really looks sharp.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#8 posted 422 days ago

Beautiful! Hope it is waterproof. ;)

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#9 posted 422 days ago

Thank you for all the positive feedback. Much appreciated.

@knothead62 – Elmers claims their new wood glue is waterproof but I’m not sure its new captain will be up to giving it a test cruise.

@mpmitche – I took a look at your boat cradle post and think it looks amazing compared to mine. I actually considered using oak. Looks nice!

P.S. The captain arrived this afternoon!!!

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#10 posted 420 days ago

That’s so cool and pretty! Great boat design and joinery. I’m sure it will be enjoyed much and will last long. Great work and congrats!

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#11 posted 420 days ago

Ecellent job LumberWoodworker. Fine craftsmanship. Keep it up.

-- I'm gonna go make some saw dust

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#12 posted 418 days ago

Thanks Larry and Fishinbo.

Working this project makes me want to make a real one. But I have a 3/4s finished canoe thats been crying to me for years. Once that and probably a half dozen other on hold or pending projects are out of the way I’ll make a 12-footer or so row boat.

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#13 posted 283 days ago

Way Cool ,Looks great !!!

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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