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Forum topic by CANDL posted 11-20-2012 02:34 AM 923 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2012 02:34 AM


This year my wife and I made wooden cars to donate via our local wood working club. That is all well and good but out of the clubs ~1400 donated gifts I think 90%+ were “boy” related … so next year something different.

My wife and I now have 50, yes not a typo 50 of Kohl’s Sock Monk(ey)s … and now we get to build cradles. (We are conning my mother into making blankets and pillows).

So the big question is what to make the cradles out of. I am thinking of using 3/8 to 1/2 inch stock just to keep things about the right scale. ( the monk is 15” by 8” so probably 18-20” long by 10-12”wide)

My thoughts are either a void free plywood or possibly resawing/planning poplar but that seems to be a lot of resawing. Since we will be buying all the materials cost is a bit of an issue, but then again so is time.

The cradles have to be unfinished to abide by child toy safety guidelines.

If you have any experience in this area please chime in.


Carl and Lynn

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 03:43 PM

If it were me, I would not even think of plywood for a classic wooden cradle. Too much work-You might as well do all of the work on nicer woods than to wast on ply. Slivers on Baltic Birch and many plywoods could be a safety issue, but you didn’t say whether or not is gets finished.

I am very involved with the toy builders in the Orange County Woodworkers Association, and we make 4-5 THOUSAND toys each year for needy kids. The club has many donators of wood, so I would ask YOUR club if they can supply the wood at subsidized or no cost. My club has a budget for this purpose as well. You may have to do some politicking to get them to give it to (trust you won’t be making craft w/it.) you and a sample may be handy for this.

Can you tell us more about your equipment situation? Do you have a planer or abrasive drum sander?

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 12:40 AM

I have made and sold many “toys for boys” but I also make toys for girls. I have made critters and doll cradles for the girls. I make the cradles of cedar 3/8” thick. Email me and I will send you patterns for the critters. Here are some photos of what I mean:

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 02:12 PM

You have a generous hands.
May you be blessed more.


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