Cradle for Niece

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Project by midnightww posted 06-04-2014 01:26 PM 2341 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Welcomed a new niece this past winter, thought she would needed a comfortable spot to relax. The cradle is made of maple and mahogany with rived walnut dowels (loads of fun,, when they don’t splinter if half). My wife made a mattress from foam and wrapped in Minky? (I feel my man card slipping away just saying the word)

-- "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" Minor Myers

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#1 posted 06-04-2014 03:37 PM

The use of riven dowel pins and dovetails saved you. It was a close one. I recently made a small bed for my Daughters Cinderella Doll.

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#2 posted 06-05-2014 08:21 AM

Very Nice Work!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 11:41 PM

How’s the bottom done?
What dimensions?
Do you have plans?

Grandchild #8 is on the way. This might be just what I need to justify my latest purchases.

-- Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 01:20 AM

Sorry, I don’t have any plans, but working from memory:
Headboard/footboard were 18” wide x 10.5” tall (laminated 3 strips of 1×4)
Sideboards are 1”x 6” by 26” long
Mattress is on 3/4 sheet which sits on two 1×1 ledgerw on each sideboard which are glued/doweled.
I would have liked to inset the ledgers slightly into grooves but the project was last minute and wasn’t sure if I wasn’t sure if had the skill to do so with hand tools.
The bottoms were shaped by eye. Took a lot of trial and error to get them to balance at the midpoint but rock smoothly. I’m sure there is a better way.
The mattress was 2” thick poly foam from a craft store.

When it as done, I felt it looked a little wide. I would lay some scrap pieces out to see if you like how the dimensions look before getting started.

Sorry this isn’t more helpful, congratulations on #8.

-- "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" Minor Myers

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