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Project by dewoodwork posted 2153 days ago 8893 views 22 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just completed this cradle made from maple and walnut. The cradle is the second I have made from the same plan. We are expecting twin girls in October so we decided on two cradles rather than one big one. The plan originates from a December 1986 issue of Woodsmith magazine. I altered the plan to accommodate a standard 18”x36” cradle mattress. I don’t have a lathe so I made slats for the sides instead of spindles. The knobs where shaped using a jig at the router table and final turning at the drill press.

When I purchased the stock for this project I couldn’t resist throwing in a stick of tiger maple. I incorporated the figured maple in the basket side frames. This is a really fun project and I enjoyed building it just as much the second time as I did the first. The finish is 1 coat of shellac 1# cut followed by two coats of oil and varnish mix and a coat of furniture wax.

Thanks for looking, questions and comments are always welcome.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.





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calacalou

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#1 posted 2153 days ago

This is lovely. It would have been so nice in my baby’s room. Now she is too big for that .
Really nice job. Wish you all the best with the twins.

-- Chantal L., Montreal

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jeanmarc

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#2 posted 2153 days ago

Really nice job.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Callum Kendall

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#3 posted 2153 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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woodworm

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#4 posted 2153 days ago

Great job. Nicely built and finished.
I enjoy looking at as much as you enjoyed building it.
Congratulations for the comming twins.
Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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cobbler

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#5 posted 2153 days ago

Beautiful. The tiger maple complements the superb
quality in which this cradle was made. The girls will
really appreciate these some day. Like when they
have children perhaps? Congrats future granddad.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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trifern

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#6 posted 2153 days ago

That is an awesome cradle that will be cherished for generation. I really like the combination of woods, especially the tiger maple. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Bigbuck

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#7 posted 2152 days ago

Beautiful cradle, love the woods and the design. Great job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 2152 days ago

That’s sweet! Very nice craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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kolwdwrkr

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#9 posted 2152 days ago

I like the design and look of this piece. Great choice in material too. Good work

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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tenontim

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#10 posted 2152 days ago

This is beautiful. This is one of those things that I wish I just had the parts cut out , up on the shelf and when the need arises, I’d have one almost ready. Seems like friends or family are never expecting, unless I’m so snowed under and behind schedule, that I can’t get the time to make one. Thanks for the post.

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Gary

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#11 posted 2152 days ago

That’s spectacular.
Gary

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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brianinpa

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#12 posted 2152 days ago

That is very nice. A beautiful expression! Good luck with everything with respect to filling them.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#13 posted 2151 days ago

Dewayne, Great job on the twins. Wow two! I think thats great. Your cradle turned out really nice too. I like the Walnut and maple. They look great together. Great job!!!!!!

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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John Gray

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#14 posted 2151 days ago

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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lew

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#15 posted 2151 days ago

Gorgeous Work!

Made two of these over the years and wasn’t as smart as you- I turned the spindle. Probably made 40 to get 22 that were “identical”- and I use that term loosely!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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