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Project by Frankton posted 04-27-2010 06:14 AM 2385 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No real story, I just decided to make a cradle for my oldest Daughter because she was so in to her baby doll. So I thought I had better make one she can hand down to her daughter when and if she has one, anyway I wanted it to last cause I was sure it would be special to her.

It was made from rough sawed 4X4 hard maple. Re-sawed to 2×4 then planed down to 3/8ths. The knobs and buttons are cherry for contrast.

All pieces are dowel mortised and glues. The only screws are brass screws holding the knobs on the pendulum so they can be removed for breakdown.

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada





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workerinwood

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 02:36 PM

Good job!! I have 5 grand daughters that would love to have one of these, thanks for the idea.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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lighthearted

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 03:33 PM

Nice Job! I am building the same one for my daughters birthday. In two weeks! I better get back into the shop!

-- Chris http://thelightheartedwoodworker.com/

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 06:41 PM

Nice job and a good idea. I have made several full size ones in a similar design.

I have one small concern. You have open spaces on the ends of the bed where hands and even little arms can pass through and get caught against the upright supports (possibly causing injury) when the bed tilts. One solution would be to put a retractable locking pin between the upright and the bottom of the bed that locks the bed into the verticle position except when the rocking motion is desired. Kids will put their hands and arms in the darnedest places (-:

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 09:33 PM

Nice job. In the middle of this project myself for my first grandchild.

-- Big G

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Frankton

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 09:59 PM

LesB, I was thinking the same thing, if it was not for a doll and for a real child I would have made those solid panels there, maybe cherry to match the knobs.

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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#6 posted 04-28-2010 09:42 PM

Chip,
It may be for a doll but a child will be playing with it and I can just see a hand or arm trapped in between, especially if more than one child is playing with it at one time.
Another “fix” would be to put a piece of clear plastic over the openings on the ends.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Frankton

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#7 posted 04-28-2010 11:47 PM

Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense. When I was young we didn’t wear helmets when we rode our bikes, nor did I wear hearing or eye protection in the shop. So my kids wear hearing and eye protection and have helmets when they ride bike. They will also learn not to stick their fingers in a swinging cradle the hard way and hope they remember it well cause a table saw is not as forgiving.

My 2 cents
Chip

I subscribe to Woodcraft Magazine. I got the plans from there.
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2021130/24874/Pendulum-Doll-Cradle-Plan---Paper-Plan.aspx

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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lighthearted

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#8 posted 04-30-2010 10:15 PM

Chip-
I agree 100%. My kids were in the crib my wife was in 40 years ago with it’s “wide” openings and here all are years later still alive.
For that matter I think Samantha, the American Doll will sleep quite safely in you well made crib.
Now I have to crank mine out this weekend! wish me luck!
Chris

-- Chris http://thelightheartedwoodworker.com/

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Frankton

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#9 posted 04-30-2010 10:53 PM

Good Luck Chris! :)

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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#10 posted 05-01-2010 04:10 AM

OK guys have it any way you like. I was just trying to point out a design change that would save some kid a bit of pain. I don’t let kids play with loaded guns either but I do teach them how to handle them safely. We live and learn and it doesn’t always have to be the hard way.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Frankton

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#11 posted 05-01-2010 04:47 AM

Don’t worry about it, we were just having fun with it.

Design flaws…. tell me once is fine, tell me twice and its annoying.

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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lighthearted

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#12 posted 05-01-2010 05:23 AM

And Les—you are correct—you do have to consider such things especially if you are building foor someone else.

-- Chris http://thelightheartedwoodworker.com/

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Frankton

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#13 posted 05-04-2010 08:34 PM

Good point.

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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lighthearted

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#14 posted 05-17-2010 04:27 PM

Hey Frankton-
Well I actually finished it before my daughters birthday.
I had one issue you can read about.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/32083

-- Chris http://thelightheartedwoodworker.com/

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#15 posted 05-28-2010 01:36 AM

Very nice cradle super job.

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