|Project by Grant Libramento||posted 10-27-2013 07:23 PM||1978 views||11 times favorited||22 comments|
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