|Project by Devin||posted 07-28-2013 04:07 AM||2420 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
I built this project for our first child, due in about 5 1/2 months. That makes this the first project I’ve ever completed before it was needed :).
I googled and searched LumberJocks for cradle designs, although they are all very similar at their core, the varieties in the design and details were a little overwhelming at first.
I finally settled on the gentle curves you see here and just a simple heart design at the head.
I opted not to try my hand at hopper dovetails, and just angled the two sides out at 10 degrees.
Walnut with a bit of Douglas Fir for the hearts.
The base is screwed on and the rockers are attached with cleats.
Simple Danish Oil finish.
It about 36” long, 16” wide at the base and about 20” tall at the head. The curve of the rockers matches the head curve (roughly a 21.5” radius).
All together I spent about 50 hours on this, spread over 5 weeks.
Now, back to the wine rack that’s been put on hold a few times…something tells me if it’s not done before the baby comes, it’s going to be a long time before it gets finished.
A little update…
although at 9lbs 10oz, he wasn’t that little.
Here’s my boy, Oliver, trying out the cradle, it stays in the living room. Thankfully, he seems to sleep in it alright, usually in the evening while we watch a bit of tv.
-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?