Need a little help with a baby cradle

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Blog entry by SST posted 01-29-2012 06:20 PM 15522 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve decided to build a cradle for an upcoming grandchild, and have (pretty much) settled on a glider type. I’ve been bouncing around the web & I’ve noted a couple things. First, there’s no real standard size mattress for these things, although 18”x36” seems to be the most prevalent.

Here’s where I get to the”help wanted” part.

I’ve noted that a number of LJocks have made cradles, (nice work guys, by the way) some appear to be from scratch, some from plans, and some from plans with partial kits that include spindles & hardware. One of the common kits seems to be one of those off sized ones where you have to then buy the mattress & bedding from them. (I’m not necessarily opposed to that, but I’d rather have choices)

While I’m not opposed to designing & building from scratch, I’d like to find a set of plans for an 18”x36” glider cradle to use as a starting point. The other size plans are okay, but I’d love to not screw with changing all the dimensions from the get-go. I’d prefer to make my own glider parts as I have bearings & shoulder bolts, etc, but would like to know from anyone who’s done this, the length of glider arms, clearances, travel, etc, so as to avoid the old trial-by-error thing. I’d appreciate any help you might be able to provide. Also, I’m not opposed to paying for plans from a site. I’m tired of chasing those “free woodworking plans” links. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Bob Kollman

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 07:48 PM

Baby Cradle Plan › … › Babyproofing and Home Safety

Copy and paste shop smith….seen a whole page of plans!!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 10:17 PM

When I needed a baby cradle for my first grandchild, I searched the Internet for a design I liked and found this cradle:

Here’s the link to the website where I bought my plans. You can download the PDF file and print out another copy anytime you want.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 12:31 AM

My first idea was for a pendulum style cradle, pretty much like the one above, but as I went further into it, I decided on a glider type. The problem with that is there are lots of pendulum plans out there, but the glider type seems to be scarce. Thanks for the input so far…anybody else??

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 05:03 AM

Tom,I also wanted a glider cradle.I bought a set of plans and changed them to my liking.Mainly bought plans to see how they did the glider mechanism.I did the same as you want to do. If you want I can get you they address for the plans.

-- Bill in Mich

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Bob Kollman

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 04:30 PM

Baby Cradle / Glider Walnut

Copy and paste in the above in the LJ search box.

Karson made one sept 2006, excellent design.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 04:28 PM

I’ve built a few cribs using the plans from Woodsmith. I just modified the size to make it work.

-- Al Hart

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 01:13 AM

I saw Karson’s. It’s really awesome.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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