Rocker Cradle

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Project by Paul Hanley posted 02-16-2014 07:42 AM 3166 views 12 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, about Nov 1st, I decided that since my daughter was going to deliver my first grandchild right around Christmas, it would be really cool to make her a rocking chair. I thought Iwas going to make a Maloof-ish rocker, but when I saw a picture of the Scott Morrison Rocker Cradle, I knew that was what i wanted to do.

I had less than six weeks to go and not nearly enough time to spend on it, but I managed to get it all done and gave it to my daughter and her husband just an hour before they walked out the door to go to the hospital.

This one is cherry with walnut accents and really comfortable…even has room enough for a Great Dane to crawl up next to you (okay, not really).

It’s not my design, but it’s a good one and I’ll do it again if I have the chance.

-- The smell of freshly sawn wood almost keeps me sane.

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 07:55 AM

What a wonderful gift. It’s beautiful. :-)

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 09:08 AM

Congratulations, that’s one amazing and exceedingly practical rocker. I’ll bet there were a few challenges in building this beauty – Well done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 10:17 AM

Wow Paul, that is a beautiful Rocker Cradle. Beautifully made and shaped…the cherry has come up really good. You have done an excellent job…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 11:59 AM

SIX WEEKS?!! I’m not even done saying the “woodworkers prayer” six weeks into a project! Awesome rocker. I’ve never even heard of one of these, but it looks really cool. Instant family heirloom and conversation piece forever. Incredible work.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#5 posted 02-16-2014 12:32 PM

beautiful. That will be a treasured family heirloom for generations.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#6 posted 02-16-2014 12:54 PM

Thats a beauty for a beauty

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 01:13 PM

Bravo !!! you took the inspiration same place I did with the same GREAT result, thanks for sharing,

-- andrek

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#8 posted 02-16-2014 01:32 PM


I believe your are the very first one I’ve ever seen build my rocker cradle and post it here. What an outstanding job you’ve done! Excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail. I am thoroughly impressed, as I’m sure your daughter will be as well. Congrats on a job well done and on becoming a Grandpa!

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#9 posted 02-16-2014 01:44 PM

Beautiful work for a perfect gift. “Children’s children are an old Man’s glory..” Prov. 17:6

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#10 posted 02-16-2014 01:52 PM

Wonderful rocker, great story… better dogs… You kind of got it all in with one posting.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#11 posted 02-16-2014 02:03 PM

You have done a fabulous job and have built a beautiful rocker. Building a Maloof style rocker is a challenge in itself. I can imagine that adding the cradle portion increased the complexity. Your result speaks for itself.

Grandpa, probably has about 18 months until a Story Time Rocker will be needed. Congratulations on becoming a Grandfather and building a very fine chair!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 02-16-2014 02:40 PM

Beautiful job Paul.
A family heirloom for sure.

Something tells me that there are plenty of cool pieces in that grandchild.

Those dogs are HUGE !
You must go through a lot of dog chow !

Now, don’t wait another 817 days to post a project !
You are very talented.

And thank you.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#13 posted 02-16-2014 03:02 PM

beautiful i wanted to make one but i don’t i have the skill,

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#14 posted 02-16-2014 03:31 PM

Well done Paul. Congratulations all around.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#15 posted 02-16-2014 04:38 PM

Absolutely awesome…! Your daughter will have to keep having additional babies because the first one will quickly outgrow the rocker crib and it is just too nice of a piece to not be continually used.

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