Glider cradle for new granddaughter

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Project by Croakermea posted 05-11-2014 11:54 PM 1496 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having made a pendulum cradle for my son 29 years ago, with better tools now, thought I’d be a bit more adventurous in my design. I like the glider concept as it is not as tall as most pendulum cradles. In the absence of a lathe, I did purchase the spindles. I also purchased the glider arms (Lee Valley). Like most of my work, I rough out what I want and then let the wood guide me; in this case maple. The legs are all mortise and tenon, and it is rock solid. The end panels were glued up planning for just an arc top. However, when I looked at the grain and how plain it looked, came up with the more sculpted look. The frame under the pad is held together and to the sides and ends with pocket screws and glue. The top rails are held on with barrel nuts. It is finished with vintage cherry wood dye and 3 coats of shellac (still need to learn how to apply shellac better). So far its been a success with my granddaughter.

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 07:08 PM

Really nice. I like your style and finish. The pictures are a little dark and don’t do it justice. I’ve built a few of theses gliders and think they work out way better the the traditional pendulum style.

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#2 posted 05-13-2014 01:22 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thank For Posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 07:24 AM

Really great work and love the design. I built a pendulum cradle for my first grandson(daughter’s child). Now if I could get my son to get off the mark and get married, maybe I could try to make a glider style cradle like yours. Thanks for posting!

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