Emrie's Cradle

  • Advertise with us
Project by woodup posted 08-12-2007 05:44 AM 2126 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife bought me the book “Children’s Furniture Projects” by Jeff Miller, months before our daughter was born with hints that it would be nice to build a cradle or something for the baby. Surprizingly enough, I was able to complete the project around April of 2006 and we got six great months of use out of it. I used cherry wood for most of the project except the pine bottom slats. There were a lot more curves and bevels than I anticipated from first glancing at the project, but that just goes to make it more satisifying now that it’s done.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

11 comments so far

View Thos. Angle's profile

Thos. Angle

4444 posts in 4472 days

#1 posted 08-12-2007 05:53 AM

Nice clean work. I’ll bet momma and baby were both happy with it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

View TheGravedigger's profile


963 posts in 4534 days

#2 posted 08-12-2007 03:07 PM

Good looking piece. I love the way cherry ages over time. Too bad the kids grow out of a project so quickly. What sort of finish did you use?

Also, never forget this: “When momma wants projects, daddy gets tools!”

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

View TomFran's profile


2961 posts in 4504 days

#3 posted 08-13-2007 03:44 AM

Nice Job!

It’s great when our wives want things. I just bought a new HVLP spray gun because of a “Honey-Do” project ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

View woodup's profile


145 posts in 4453 days

#4 posted 08-13-2007 04:23 AM

Thanks for the comments! I used minwax prestain, then woodstain (rosewood), then polyrylic clear semigloss.
There are always great rewards for making ‘momma’ happy!

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

View dewoodwork's profile


202 posts in 4466 days

#5 posted 08-13-2007 06:52 AM

Great cradle. A cradle is a wonderful thing to make for a new addition to the family. True they grow out of it quickly but it’s sure to serve future generations and tales of past occupants will make very special.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

View Branden's profile


321 posts in 4646 days

#6 posted 08-13-2007 07:49 AM

You beat me to it! Our cradle is in the shop drying as we speak. I’ll get some photos up soon. Very nice, unique design!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

View Jiri Parkman's profile

Jiri Parkman

953 posts in 4322 days

#7 posted 02-06-2008 11:10 AM

Great cradle. I like the story.

-- Jiri

View rikkor's profile


11295 posts in 4384 days

#8 posted 02-06-2008 01:52 PM

I just bought a new HVLP spray gun because of a “Honey-Do” project

Nice parlay Tom.

View kimball's profile


323 posts in 3807 days

#9 posted 02-04-2010 04:45 PM

Terrific job. My Grandneice is expecting, so guess what my next project is going to be. Been thinking about it since seeing Becky’s cradle on this site. Just have to finish up the Teddy bear rocker for my gr8 grandson.

View a1Jim's profile


117722 posts in 4087 days

#10 posted 02-04-2010 07:36 PM

Hey Michael
That’s a great cradle

View helluvawreck's profile


32086 posts in 3376 days

#11 posted 08-28-2010 01:42 PM

I like that cradle, Michael. You did a great job and the finish is great. That will turn out to be a family heirloom.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics