|Project by willie||posted 08-12-2013 01:50 PM||1280 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
On October 4th we will be welcoming our first grandchild, a girl. After a lot of thought of what to make for her, I decided on a cradle. I had a bunch of black walnut, courtesy of a friend that didn’t know what he had or what to do with it, and a few ideas on what I wanted. After looking at some of the amazing cradles some of you have made, I came up with this one.
It is all mortice and tenon construction, something I had only done a couple times, so it was also a learning experience. It swings on 1/2” bolts and bronze bushings with almost no effort. I extended the bottoms of the corner posts to hit the crossrail of the frame to limit it’s travel and prevent it from swinging too far and creating a danger to any kid trying to climb into it.
It took about 6 weeks to complete and was a joy to build. It’s finished with lacquer and a couple coats of Johnson’s paste wax. I can’t remember when I had more fun with a project, this one was really special!!! I’m hoping that this will be something that my granddaughter can pass on to her granddaughter.
-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!