Cradle for my niece...when she gets here

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Project by Bill Hall posted 06-04-2009 05:20 PM 2143 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tonight is delivery night…of the cradle that is. My sister-in-law is about to pop and bring another bundle of joy into the world sometime between now and the end of the month. I saw this cradle in Wood Magazine a year or two ago and have been waiting for the right opportunity to build it. I modified it a bit from their design. I opted for biscuit joinery instead of through-tenons. Regretfully, I made a few mistakes with the biscuit joiner that left me making patches. I repatched one area 5 times before I got it to look ok. I need some practice on doing that better. Anyway…it’s made of cherry and finished with 3 coats of amber shellac. I took the time to make mdf templates which will allow me to make more of these in the future with a bandsaw and flush-trim bit. Man that is handy, though scary on some of the more intricate parts. I’m building a router table extension now, so next time I can try flush trimming on the table. Hope you enjoy!


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#1 posted 06-04-2009 05:22 PM

Hey Bill
This is a fantastic cradle simple lines and fine wood.

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#2 posted 06-04-2009 05:27 PM

what a wonder full gift ,
i’m sure she will feel right at home !
and with an uncle that loves her waiting .
great job .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-04-2009 05:39 PM

Nice job Bill…your niece is sure to enjoy it!

Now when will you be making one for yourself?! :-)

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#4 posted 06-04-2009 05:46 PM

Beautiful project Uncle Bill…and wise move to create templates for future makes. After seeing this one, requests are sure to come for you!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#5 posted 06-05-2009 12:20 AM

Bill can’t see any mistakes in the pictures it looks like it came out fantastic. Love the Cherry wood.

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#6 posted 06-05-2009 05:02 AM

What a wonderful piece of work. Just don’t tell anyone about the mistakes, and if they notice anything never admit that it is a mistake. Tell them it was intentional and come up with some off-the-wall reason. It works more times than I thought it would.

Looks really great. Thanks for posting, and keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#7 posted 06-05-2009 05:05 AM

You got the better end of this project-Uncle…take care and enjoy….Blkcherry

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#8 posted 06-05-2009 12:58 PM

Nice job! I made a similar but smaller one as a Christmas present for my daughter and her babydolls.

Good thinking on using templates. I’m sure you will be asked for a replica in the future.

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#9 posted 06-18-2009 09:06 PM

Thanks all for your kind words. Rooster, great doll cradle. Still waiting for the little one…should be any day now.


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#10 posted 10-22-2009 03:58 AM

Just so you know what will happen to that cradle, when they are done having babies, this one will be a doll cradle and get a new life. I have posted this before, but… 1974 I made a cradle from my imagination, no plans, no books, and obviously no internet. It was more primitive than yours, built in a 6×8 outdoor shop, RAS the only big tool. Made of pine, the ends were integral with the rockers, but at a slant (more of an angle though) like yours. Survived two kids, and a hundred dolls, and another generation. Those cradles have multiple lives….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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