Pine Cradle for New Grandson

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Project by WoodsWalker posted 06-02-2014 04:13 PM 1465 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my daughter announced she was pregnant at Thanksgiving, I had to change gears quickly! For our first grandchild there had to be a special project. I had planned on making a couple of six board chests for Christmas but this new announcement just shouted in my ear – “CRADLE.” The lumber I had in hand for the chest was special – and perfect. An older friend (well into his eighties!) owns a sawmill in Sussex County Delaware and I asked Austin if he had any wide boards in his huge warehouse of lumber from over 50 years of sawing. When I went to his mill he took me to look at some boards – WOW! 22” wide loblolly pine in 20’ lengths!! This old sawyer explained where the tree was standing when he cut it (the exact farm) and that it had been sawed up and stacked 47 years ago! It was beautiful. So, Bradley William’s new cradle is made from five pieces of these outstanding boards. The cradle design is based on a plan in Fine Woodworking some years ago. Interestingly, it is nearly identical to a Colonial period Huguenot cradle residing in Delaware (our home) – that’s cool! I added some wood-burned embellishment from the “Peaceable Kingdom.” I had it done in time for Christmas and the parents were most pleased, as was everyone who saw the finished product. As you can tell from the pictures little Bradley (born May 25, 2014) seems to like the new cradle, and is already sleeping soundly!

-- Mike, Limited Time Enterprises, Delaware USA

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#1 posted 06-02-2014 04:42 PM

The greatest pleasure of all – the grandchild!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 06-02-2014 04:58 PM

Good job, awesome display of the wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Francois Vigneron

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#3 posted 06-02-2014 08:44 PM

Welcome to Bradley ! And congratulations for this nice cradle.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 06:37 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Mike. Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 06-05-2014 02:41 AM

Great gist idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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