Grandchild #6 and my daughters first.

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This is the first cradle that I have built. I made this for my daughter who is having her first born around the 15th. of June. This makes #6 for grandchildren and I also have 1 great grandchild. Now, would you believe that they are all girls. Guess old grandpa will have to get in there and show my 3 offspring how to make boys…. Back to the cradle…I made a real good deal on some walnut that I see advertised along with some birds eye maple and curly maple. Grammy just happened to have a new mattress for a cradle 15”x33”. I made this using Walnut with Maple spindles and Maple on the head and foot boards. I did all the resawing and turnings. Finish is 3 coats of Tung Oil and 2 coats of polish. As for plans, there isn’t any, knowing the size and what it should look like was all I needed.

-- Hvroberts, Up North In Maine

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 12:59 AM

congratulations on both the nice project and grandchild number 6! wish my dad had built one of these for our baby a few months back, or maybe even built one myself! haha..

again, many congratulations!

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 12:59 AM

Beautiful job, your daughter will love it!

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 05-15-2010 01:35 AM

Nicely done. I like the choice of wood.

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#4 posted 05-15-2010 02:52 AM

Wood contrasts very nice.

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 05-15-2010 06:54 AM


Congrats on the new grand baby! I love the contrast in the woods and I would love to see more pictures.

A cradle is actually my next project (the wife and I are expecting our first in August.) I’m concerned about stability so could you provide a few measurements?


-- Ron - Any day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day.

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#6 posted 05-15-2010 12:16 PM

A lot of work and love went into this. Beautiful job!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#7 posted 05-15-2010 07:03 PM

Looks Great.
I suspect with all those girls you will be making more. I have made 4 myself.

I would like to offer a couple of design and function thoughts.
1. A longer suspension-pivot point on the bed would allow for a longer and slower swing with less tilt angle on the bed at the apex of the swing. Look at other cradles on this site, including one in my projects to see what I mean.
2. As a matter of safety, the open spindles on the ends could allow the infant to put their arms or legs through and they could get pinched between the spindles and the upright support when the cradle is swinging.
3. I can’t tell from the picture if you have it but a method to lock or prevent the cradle from swinging can help. The infants often move around and when they get to one side the cradle tilts and they are trapped against that side..
Unfortunately I have found the cradles only get uses a short time (6 months or less). As soon as the infant starts to roll over or crawl they need something bigger and more stable.

Have fun.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 05-15-2010 07:13 PM

Wonderful cradle a family heirloom

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#9 posted 05-15-2010 08:31 PM

Nice work. A present and future treasure.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-16-2010 12:22 AM

Yes, the heirlooms on this site are abundant and fabulous for sure! I like the things that are made from the heart and very functional for years to come! Wonderful job!


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#11 posted 05-16-2010 05:31 AM

Yep, 6 grand kids, one daughter with a grand daughter. Sounds like around here. My project was a rocking horse when the grand daughter turned 2. Great job. I wish I had the patience.

-- RT --- The older I get, the smarter my father gets. I should have paid more attention when I was younger.

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#12 posted 09-10-2014 12:57 AM

I signed in just to tell you how beautiful this is. Nice work!

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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