Windsor Cradle

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Project by Grant Libramento posted 10-27-2013 07:23 PM 1610 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fifty-five years ago I built a cradle. We were a young family then. No money, very few tools, not much woodworking knowledge. So the cradle was cobbled together of scrap wood, and though not very pretty, served its purpose. My five kids and many of their own children enjoyed the benefit of their first few months in that old cradle as it was passed around the family all these years.

Now that I have a proper workshop and time to play in it, I had been meaning for some time to build a better cradle than that first humble effort. Another great-grandchild is due to arrive this December . That auspicious occasion prompted my build of this cradle, which was inspired by one made by Del Cover and shown in FW more than a decade ago. As a Windsor chairmaker, I was naturally drawn to the familiar use of spindles in its construction. For me the most challenging part was the rail, which is a five layer bent lamination. Photos show the jig and glueup.

Base – Black Walnut
Rail – Cherry –bent lamination
Spindles – White Oak

Dimensions: Length = 40 ¼ inches Width = 21 ¼ inches Height = 21 ¾ inches

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#1 posted 10-27-2013 07:35 PM

Beautiful! As are the chairs

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#2 posted 10-27-2013 07:44 PM

Hi Grant. Good to see you posting again. what a stunning cradle. It looks right at home with your welsh stick chair & your sculpted rocker. That lamination would have given me headaches for months! and I would have cussed a blue streak. You are a brave fella. This one will be fought over by family might have to make another ! :-)

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#3 posted 10-27-2013 07:46 PM

You can never have enough clamps. Wow is just too little a word.

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#4 posted 10-27-2013 08:18 PM

Wowie! That’s at least a longer word, but still indequate. Simply stunning!

Same goes for the chairs.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 08:40 PM

Excellent work on your cradle. I like the sitting room as well, looks cozy.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 09:41 PM

Grant, an excellent build on the cradle, and the chairs, too. You have a lot to be proud of. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 10:11 PM

beautiful cradle. An elegant looking. Getting all of those spindles inserted in the rail must of required about a dozen hands.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 10-27-2013 10:41 PM

Very nice looking cradle, I really like how you bent the top rail. Congrat’s!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 10-28-2013 12:32 AM

As Sweet as it gets.

Made with love through discipline and through the lessons of life

Nicely done

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 10-28-2013 12:48 AM

The cradle and both of those chairs are testimony as to your skill. That is the nicest cradle I have ever seen (and there have been some very nice ones posted). I would have loved to watch the build of the cradle and chairs.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 10-28-2013 12:50 AM

real nice Grant

-- I want to know Gods are details "A. Einstein"

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#12 posted 10-28-2013 01:16 AM

Thanks to all for the kind words. The Lumberjocks community is such a great ego-builder.

Michelle: Yes indeed. Profanity is one of my most used workshop tools :-) I’m keeping the jig in case another one is needed.

Woodbridge: Spoken like a true Windsor chairmaker. This cradle had 40 spindles. Wife provided extra hands to help insert spindles. Still, glueup was a zoo.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#13 posted 10-28-2013 01:16 AM

Fabulous in every aspect, from the design, to the choice of woods, the skill in building and the finish. Truly beautiful.

I’m fascinated by how you set the angle of each spindle in the rail. Every one different, none square to anything. My mind boggles at trying to lay that out.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#14 posted 10-28-2013 12:25 PM

Outstanding work. Nice to see the cobblers children having such nice shoes!

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#15 posted 10-28-2013 04:04 PM

beautifull work it is amazing to say the least. God has blessed you with an amazig talent. I hope to get to that leval some day.

-- Mcgyver

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