Doll Cradles for Christmas

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Project by Karson posted 01-01-2007 12:20 AM 2393 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a couple of doll cradles for Christmas 2006. I was concerned about the corners so I tried out my new finger joint jig to make the corners. The cradles were made out of Cherry resawed to 1/2” thick. This was also my first production run of my new resaw blade. I highly recommend this blade. It’s from Laguna Tools and it is carbide tipped. My blade is 1 1/4” wide and they cost $1.10 per inch. One of the members of the woodworking club sent his back to the factory for resharpening and they said it was defective and sent him a new blade.

If I was to make the cradle again I would change the proportions a little. The rockers seem a little large for the cradle size. So I would be make the cradle wider and longer or the rockers smaller. The rockers are 18” long and the cradle base is 8 X 18. The cradle portion is 7” at the top and 5.25” at the base.

I made a pattern out of plywood and used a bushing in my router table and a carbide spiral bit to cut all of the curve shapes in the sides, ends and rockers.

I used biscuts to attach the rockers and the cradle to the base. I used #10 biscuts with a #0 cut in the base and a #10 cut in the edge of the rockers and the cradle sides and ends. I didn’t want to cut #10 in the base because it almost cuts 1/2” deep and I didn’t want to go through to the other surface.

-- 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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#1 posted 01-01-2007 12:56 AM

Karson, you rock!

This is a nice Christmas gift project. I’ve been working on the plans for a cradle for my daughter’s third child expected this coming winter (your summer). I’ve got about six months to complete it.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 01-01-2007 02:50 AM

From the angle of the first photo, I agree about the scale of the rockers, either solution of yours would do it. Nicely made/jointed otherwise.

I’d expect to have to make one or two of these myself… luckily? my daughter is more interested in building and creative play than dolls… perhaps in 25-30 years the time will come.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 01-02-2007 02:15 AM

Is the desire to change the rockers due to the misproportion of the rockers to the cradle or due to the functionality of the rockers. Does the size cause a problem with a smooth rocking motion? The finger joints look like they came out very nice.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-29-2007 03:32 AM

Great project Karson. Proportions or no, it looks like it was well recieved.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 05-29-2007 03:58 AM

Yes it was liked by all.

-- 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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