I have been diligently working on xmas presents, as I’m sure many of you have. I want to do some toys for the kids this year. I have started out with and idea I stole from a post on the Scroll saw woodworking and crafts forum. A guy there made some doll cradles that looked very cool, so I decided to do my own. I have a habit of using what I have lying around rather than going out and buying wood(unless I have to and can talk the wife into it). So I grabbed some 3/4” ply(poplar I think. They were shelves in someones shop that were rescued by my neighbour from the garbage) for the end panels. I measured my daughters cabbage patch kid(her biggest doll) and set to work on drawing out what I wanted on some poster board. I decided on 1/2” ply for the sides, but it didn’t work out for me. I think the screws I used were too fat. I predrilled everything and still managed to put a screw through the side and crack the board near the top and bottom. So lesson learned I tried again with 3/4” spruce ply. This time I cut two of everything. I’m going to make one for my daughter, who is 3, and one for her best friend who lives across the road(she’s 4).
The second time around went much faster. I cut the pieces to size with the jigsaw and used the scroll saw on the curves and the smaller cuts. I cut down the side panels with the radial arm saw. Then I ran them on the router table to round over the edges. I sanded the end pieces to get out the mistakes I made with the scroll saw and then had to remove the router from the router table to round over the end panels. This is the first time I’ve really used a router, but I must say it is a very handy tool. I will definitely use it more often now that I know what it can do. After that I sanded and sanded and sanded some more with the random orbit sander and by hand and got everything to a point that I was comfortable with and then measured and predrilled all my holes. I screwed the first one together and it worked like a charm.
It’s been a very long and trying experiment, but I am happy with the result so far. can’t wait till they are done so I can move on to the next project. I still have two bracelets and a bunch of puzzles to do before Christmas. It’s getting down to the wire here.
-- Another one of Santa's elves, only taller.