Cherry Baby Cradle

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Project by dbriski posted 05-03-2007 10:45 PM 43356 views 14 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Baby Cradle for my sister’s first child. I came up with the idea after seen a few on other forums and I had 2 weeks to make it happen before the baby shower. I used 4/4 cherry that I had on hand and purchased a bit of 8/4 for the feet. I finished off using Deft water based wood finish foregoing any Boiled Linseed oil due to the tight time constraints. It was a bit lighter than we wanted but it looked great and will darken with time.

This project had a lot of firsts for me, first time working with cherry, first “fine furniture” piece, and first Mortise and Tenons. It was a stressful couple weeks only working a couple hours a night and only getting 1 full weekend. My lovely wife was willing to help out and enjoyed drilling a few mortises, rough cutting on the band saw and lots of sanding. The final bit of hardware and wax was applied a couple hours before the shower and was well received.

-- David,

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#1 posted 05-03-2007 10:54 PM

Beautiful piece…especially for working under the gun.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-03-2007 11:14 PM

It looks great. It’s always fun trying something new, just not under a deadline. That reminds me, only a few days until Mother’s Day…

-- Jerry L.

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#3 posted 05-04-2007 12:25 AM

Really nice….something to be proud of.


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#4 posted 05-04-2007 01:26 AM

Very nice david. Great Job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-04-2007 01:43 AM

Nice finish in spite of the rush. Is picture 3 a Sketchup rendering?
Thanks for posting.

-- John

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#6 posted 05-04-2007 01:58 AM

Thank you all for the kind words.

John – Yes Picture 3 is my sketchup redering.
You can check out my website, and you can see the whole progress of the project from start to finish including all my sketchup drawings.

-- David,

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#7 posted 05-04-2007 03:34 AM

Great sketchups. Where is your business located? Trying to start a small side business of my own especially in summers since I’m a teacher.

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#8 posted 05-04-2007 04:37 AM

David – What a honey of a piece. Beautiful work and terrific craftsmanship. A family heirloom for sure. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 05-04-2007 04:44 AM

Great job.

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#10 posted 05-04-2007 06:22 AM

David -

Beautiful piece! I love cherry. Wondeful craftsmanship. It’s great to include the SkechUp rendering.


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#11 posted 05-04-2007 07:29 AM

Nice job, and nice sketchup work. I use it too for commissions when a customer really needs to see a rendition first. Keep up the great work.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#12 posted 05-05-2007 05:34 AM

Fantastic workmanship shown David. Cherry is always a winner, but this one is special!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 05-05-2007 05:45 AM

Great job with such time constraints. I also appreciate the fact that you posted the sketch.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 05-05-2007 03:21 PM

You ought to be proud of yourself. That is a truly beautiful piece. And congrats on the new family member. Was it a niece or a nephew? I hope that Mom and baby are fine – and the new Dad, too.

-- JWB

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#15 posted 05-05-2007 04:51 PM

David, I had a good look at this yesterday. I was impressed so much that I actually thought about this project in bed last night.

I’m in Canada for the balance of May, but making a cradle for my daughters baby due in August is priority one when I get back to Australia.

I have purchased some plans to give me direction, but prefer your rendition more than what I purchased.

Thanks, lovely work!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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