Curly Maple Cradle

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Project by Bill Hall posted 01-24-2010 12:39 AM 5128 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s finally finished. I built this cradle for our son that is due on 2/4. It’s 1/2” thick curly maple from Wall Lumber finished with Transtint dark vintage maple dye dissolved in water, BLO and amber shellac. I’m not 100% happy with the shellac finish, but perhaps years from now when I figure out french polishing, I’ll get back to it. Enjoy!


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#1 posted 01-24-2010 01:44 AM

Gorgeous cradle Bill. That curly maple looks great. From the photos the finish looks pretty darn good to me.

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 01:51 AM

Very nice job and I am sure you found this project rewarding. I built a cradle, similar to this, for a nephew a few months ago. I really enjoyed the project and I understand that my nephew really likes his cradle. It is where he takes his daytime naps and now, at 7 months, he is able to make it rock with his own body movements.

The cradle was one of my most satisfying projects and I am sure you feel the same way.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 06:35 AM

Very sweet.

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 08:44 AM

Wow Bill beautiful cradle and amazing wood super build


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#5 posted 01-24-2010 04:12 PM

Beautiful job Bill. That is sure to become a family heirloom. Good luck in the upcoming weeks. Enjoy these days…in the blink of an eye your newborn son is going to be driving and you’re going to wonder where the time went.

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 05:05 PM

Thanks guys. It was a rewarding project with some real challenges. Curly maple is the king of tear-out. Hand scrapers and low-angle planes help immensely. So does cheating with a random orbit sander. ;) The real challenge is yet to come, but I’m prepared and excited for it.


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