Maple Cradle #1: The making of a family heirloom

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Blog entry by CalumetWoodworks posted 04-22-2015 07:32 PM 1964 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Awhile ago I found out I was going to be a first time grandpa! My daughter and son-in-law had been trying to have kids for over 5 years. They did all the tests, and fertility things. She found out she was pregnant (for real and not just “chemically”) in November of 2014. I knew then that I wanted to make something for them to keep in our family for a long time. Some of the criteria that I had in my head when picking a project:

It had to be fairly basic. I don’t have all the tools I want in my shop (no table saw, router, band saw, or work bench). My skills are beginner at best so cutting and assembly had to be fairly simple.

It had to be practical. I found out my daughter and her husband had already purchased furniture for the nursery so crib, rocking chair, changing table, etc. were out of the picture. After talking about my idea with my wife, she suggested a cradle.

Ok, so then I had to find some plans for a cradle…making a long story short, I settled on the U-Bild Heritage cradle kit and since I don’t have a planer or jointer either, I decided to get the “white” kit which comes with pre-cut wood that is ripped, planed, and dimensioned to the parts in the plan. Simple right? (we will get to that in another entry)

I placed the order and within a week or so, the kit was delivered to my house.

I couldn’t wait to get started! be continued.

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#1 posted 04-23-2015 11:58 PM

I am looking forward to seeing how this progresses!

-- New to working and learning as much as I can :D

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