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Project by Kent Fletcher posted 10-08-2007 11:49 PM 1434 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my nephew and his bride moved off to Noo Yawk City so he could get his JD in Law from Noo Yawk University, lo and behold, they got preggers. Needed a cradle. Asked me to do it. I finally found some plans from somewhere, set about doing it. Took me two months, cause I would build a little, dry fit it, break it down, continue on. Remember, I’m in Texas. Had to have a way to get it up nawth. So I built it with minimal hard-fastening, just loose but tight dowel joints. Worked gooder’n gold, too.

First the cradle itself is walnut, all of it. The hangers on the ends are hard rock maple. The rocking pins on the ends are mesquite. The frame, all of it, is red oak. The pins that hold the stretcher at the bottoms are bloodwood.

I got it all done up, even polyed, sent it off to NY via UPS. Waited a week and flew up myself. The thing didn’t arrive until the night before I was set to head back home. This is one of my best pieces, and nephew has loaned it out several times. I saw it a few months ago, and it’s still as tight as the night I did the final assembly.

Best thing about it is it breaks down into components with not too many small and loseable pieces. It’s being used once again as I write this little story.

-- Fletch, Texas

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#1 posted 10-09-2007 03:00 AM

Nice job! Luckily, pregnancy takes 9 months, so you had time to work. :-)

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

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#2 posted 10-09-2007 03:00 PM

Nice work! Should be a family treasure!

-- Spread love with our work

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#3 posted 10-10-2007 05:50 AM


-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 10-11-2007 04:12 AM

I love a nice cradle!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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