Maple Cradle

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Project by Jeff posted 06-22-2009 09:28 PM 2820 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this cradle for a great friend of mine. This is his first child. I got the plans from another friend who bought the plans and build a similar cradle. I really used the plans as a guideline for function, but I made all of the curves and spindles on my own. I really wanted to carve their initial either into the cradle or as an applicay, but the baby came a little early and I was luck to get three coats of finish on it. It is made from maple and 1/2” birch ply for the bottom. I bought the swing hardware from Rockler for about $10. I honestly don’t remember what I used for the finish, but there was no stain. All of the spindles were turned on my lathe, the tricky part was that they were several sizes of spindles because of the curved top rail and trying to make sure that the middle detail lined up on each. No picture of it, but I added the quarter from the year it was made on the bottom.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#1 posted 06-22-2009 10:16 PM

Great looking cradle. And a happy baby.

-- 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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#2 posted 06-22-2009 10:27 PM

You’ve done a very professional job on this. The elegant spindle turning is simply excellent ,and the rest of the cadle is also first class workmanship .As a new grandad I can see why your friend is getting so much fun from this lovely heirloom, which could still be in use in a few hundred years, and will be fondly talked about and utlized with love during those years regards .There is simply nothing better in my mind than a hand made offering like this . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 06-22-2009 11:01 PM

Great looking cradle and what a great thing to do for your friend. I have built 4 cribs for my grandchildren, all started with same basic design but have changed slightly per each child’s desires. I used maple for the first crib too. Do you have any children of your own to make a cradle/crib for?

-- Michael R. Gottschall, Nebraska

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 12:21 AM

Maple can be hard to get a good finish You did a nice job Even the baby likes it.

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#5 posted 06-23-2009 12:55 AM

Making a cradle is one of the best projects anyone can do. I believe anyone that works wood should make at least one. It is a labor of love and you can be proud of this one. Top shelf!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 06-23-2009 01:57 AM

Very sweet!

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#7 posted 06-23-2009 03:34 AM

Nice work

-- To use the word "can't" is to admit Laziness and defeat.....

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#8 posted 06-23-2009 05:44 AM

Michael, I do have a son who is almost three. It’s quite a long story, believe me, but I did have some projects for what I thought was a going to be a girl and then we ended up adopting our son on less than a week notice. My shop really wasn’t set up to make a crib at the time. Now we have a crib that we can use in the future, but I would love to make another and I’m sure I’ll get the chance again.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#9 posted 06-23-2009 05:49 AM

Hey Jeff
This is a wonderful cradle and most adorable occupant.


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#10 posted 06-23-2009 06:21 AM

very nice !
you have much to be proud of .
as does your friend and the mother !
a real heirloom .

-- 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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#11 posted 06-23-2009 06:29 PM

Great job. I like the curves and spindles. What patients to turn all the spindles!
I have made four similar to yours and the one problem I did not satisfactorily resolve was locking the bed in place when you do not want it to swing. One problem is when the baby rolls around the bed will tilt and trap them to one side. A dowel or pin from the upright into the bed works fairly well.
One feature I did use was threaded inserts and bolts on the rails and the stretcher so the cradle could be disassembled and stored flat. Much easier to keep as an heirloom when it can be easily stored.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 06-23-2009 07:16 PM

Very nice design and construction, Jeff.

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

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#13 posted 10-06-2009 05:58 PM

Fine craftmanship. Beautiful finish.
Made one 27 years ago that my daughters ended up using in their toy room for their Dollies.
I think it is still somewhere full of stuffed animals.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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