Windsor Cradle

  • Advertise with us
Project by Grant Libramento posted 10-27-2013 07:23 PM 1532 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

22 comments so far

View Don Johnson's profile

Don Johnson

621 posts in 1524 days

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

Beautiful! As are the chairs

-- Don, Somerset UK,

View michelletwo's profile


2288 posts in 1759 days

#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.

View ex-member's profile


183 posts in 518 days

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

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

View sras's profile


3928 posts in 1873 days

#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

View MShort's profile


1729 posts in 2162 days

#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.” ---

View SteveGaskins's profile


307 posts in 1331 days

#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,

View Woodbridge's profile


2848 posts in 1162 days

#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

View Dennis Zongker's profile

Dennis Zongker

2450 posts in 2336 days

#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

View Moron's profile


4717 posts in 2637 days

#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

View gfadvm's profile


11478 posts in 1434 days

#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

View Woodn88s's profile


78 posts in 2285 days

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

real nice Grant

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

View Grant Libramento's profile

Grant Libramento

173 posts in 1723 days

#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

View BalloonGuy's profile


93 posts in 667 days

#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

View Ottacat's profile


338 posts in 595 days

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

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

View mcgyver's profile


56 posts in 615 days

#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

showing 1 through 15 of 22 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase