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Forum topic by MHoffmann posted 07-06-2012 11:28 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2012 11:28 PM

I am refinishing a cradle my grandfather-in-law made for my wife when she was a baby.

The cradle has two brass pins at the top that the cradle swings on and two brass pins at the bottom that lock the cradle in place. I am missing one of the top pins and one of the bottom pins. The problem is, these pins are custom made, he turned them from brass about 30 years ago in a shop that no longer exists. They are 0.75” diameter.

It would be no problem to make the lower “locking” pins from wood, however I’m worried about the pins used as the hinges. I would make them out of metal but I’m having trouble finding access to a metal lathe and I have access to a friends wood lathe, but do not feel comfortable asking him to possibly damage his wood lathe b turning metal.

Long story, short is there a species you guys recommend that could stand up to say a hanging weight of 30 lbs and durable enough to not wear out (or wear out for a very long time) from a constant rubbing motion? And be comfortable enough putting your newborn in?

I’m thinking along the lines of beech or hickory? Any other suggestions would be great thanks.

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#1 posted 07-07-2012 01:48 AM

Persimmon, once used in to make golf club “Woods”.

Dogwood, once used as shuttle cocks on large commercial textile looms because of wear resistance.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#2 posted 07-07-2012 01:57 AM

Jatoba, Osage Orange (hedge), or hard maple. But any machine shop will have or turn 3/4” brass rod for you.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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