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Forum topic by MrRon posted 11-22-2014 07:44 PM 998 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2014 07:44 PM

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I have been commissioned to build a rocking cradle for my Grand Daughter. I plan on using 3/4” birch plywood. I was asked what finish to use that would not be toxic. Since this is for a baby that just sleeps in the cradle and not a toddler who can knarl on the edge of the wood, I think an ordinary finish, like shellac would be a safe finish to use, followed with polyurethane. Any comments?


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#1 posted 11-22-2014 08:12 PM

For a baby I would think that that should be OK. She’s not going to be chewing on it anyway. Do you have a plan for the cradle? I’ve built a few from the Woodcraft plan. The first one was just as the plans said but I had trouble finding a pad. I found what the standard size pad was and changed the plans for the others. It’s a great cradle and are now family heirlooms.

-- Al Hart

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 10:47 PM

Here is the design I came up with. I have the plywood, but I may go with solid wood, glued up. It all depends on the total cost. I really don’t like the plywood idea.

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#3 posted 11-23-2014 12:41 AM

I just posted a pic of they cradle I made 10 years ago. If I were you I would go with the solid wood cradle sized for a standard cradle pad. This is for your grand daughter and will be used for your other grand children, great grand children, and so on. Enjoy making your family heirloom.

-- Al Hart

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#4 posted 11-23-2014 12:48 AM

Shellac should be fine. It’s what a lot of drug companies use as a coating on pills. It’s food safe.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 11-25-2014 05:34 PM

I think I like this design better.

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#6 posted 11-26-2014 08:50 PM

I agree with “Solid Wood” rather than Plywood. I like your first design the best.

This is one I did a few years ago. The Spindles came pre made from Lee Valley.

Minwax “Early American” Stain. 2 Coats of Satin Poly.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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