Two cradles

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Project by BarbS posted 12-13-2009 04:12 AM 2015 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two cradles, done for two grand daughters a few years apart. The doweled cradle is from a plan from Wood Magazine, but it was presented with slatted sides. I wanted dowels. It was a case of not knowing what I was getting into. Turned out well, though. I don’t think I’ve yet started out on a magazine plan that I’ve done without significantly changing.
The second cradle is of birdseye maple, an American Woodworker design by Simon Watts, in a knock-down design of wedged tenons and a sling bed with a covered board laid in it. Both were much appreciated by my daughters. I also crocheted baby blankets for the little ones. There are advantages to being a grandma woodworker.


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#1 posted 12-13-2009 04:38 AM

Great Lookin Cradle

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 05:32 AM

Nice work. The birdseye on the second one is gorgeous.

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

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 05:42 AM

Wow! How in the world did you get that to happen? That is just amazing. I wouldnt even attempt this. Might have to hire you when I have my first grandbaby, hopefully next year. Seriously, that is absolutly gorgeous! I wouldnt like the slates either, this is just perfect. The only thing missing is the baby and of course the blankets and all that. What a beautiful craddle.

-- Janice

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 06:08 AM

Barbs it’s great to seel all of your wonderful projects these two cradles are outstanding,very well done with such nice wood selections and both fine builds.

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 06:15 AM

Thank you, all…nice compliments.


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#6 posted 12-13-2009 07:57 AM

Nice work.
What patients aligning all those dowels.
I like the knock down idea because the little ones don’t use them very long and they need to be stored for the next baby or next generation.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 12-13-2009 02:51 PM

Those are really nice. I like the clean lines of the first one and the “character” of the second is outstanding. I’ve made a cradle before, but you’re way ahead of me on the blankets. ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 12-13-2009 05:20 PM

Hi Barb;

Absolutely incredible.

I might just try my hand at making baby blankets. What size nails should I use on them?

Very nice.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 12-13-2009 05:26 PM

LOL Lee…try size ‘J’.


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#10 posted 12-13-2009 07:04 PM

Beautiful and sweet Barb. You are truly amazing.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 04:41 PM

Hi Autumn-
that birdseye is just some flashy wood, isn’t it? When local friends saw this photo, they asked me what it would cost to make one. They were friends, and I’ve never done commissions, so I told two women I could do one for $350. They thought that was too steep, and I thought if my work wasn’t worth that as a friend’s price, they didn’t need one. Now they just admire my work and never ask anymore. Se la vie.
And yes, now that those ‘brain-clogging’ projects are out of sight, I have many things swirling in my head, have ordered a second quartz radiant heater for the shop, and am out there in gloves at 25ยบ trying to handle tools! yes, yes, yes…


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#12 posted 04-17-2010 03:47 PM

Beautiful projects! I love the maple one with the wedged tenons. I wonder how the pointed top edge of the tenon works being around a baby. Could you taper the tenon and make a shorter/fatter end to be more baby safe? Great design and fabrication all around. These are real heirloom keepsakes.

It’s amazing how “friends” who don’t understand woodworking or arts/crafts think your work should be priced for Target. They need to attend some high end craft shows or museums to understand how your work is above the dime store market.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 04-17-2010 04:36 PM

Thanks, mmh-
Those tenons are flat to the wood face and rounded on the outsides, sitting below the top level of the end boards, but the main thing to remember is the cradle is only good for up to about three months, when a baby won’t be ‘up and around’ to grab onto them anyway. Thanks for the comments; it was fun to make.


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