A Cradle for Liam, a Rocker for Desiree′.

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Project by jack1 posted 06-27-2010 10:59 PM 4459 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My lovely daughter Desiree′ made the world a brighter place by delivering a 10 lb. 8 oz. baby boy (Liam) on May 27! Knowing that this was going to happen someday, I had put aside a picture/address of the rocker/cradle shown above, that I had found in a local newspaper about 5-6 years ago. I ordered the plans in February, bought the wood in April, cut the bits in May and finished the piece this past Friday. No, not fast… ;0) The wood is pine and the stain is Min-Wax Red Mahogany with a hand polished wax finish. We’re going to the Seattle area week after next to deliver the goods. The final piece is modified from the plan in both joinery and design. I wish all plans came with a cutting list and a format that gave a linear assembly. This plan had the directions printed all over a 6’x4’ piece of paper with shapes to cut out and bits of information scattered here and there. ARRRRGHHHH! A little extra story that goes with this piece is, that we had our Priest, Fr. Michael Kelly over with my wife’s bible study group the day after Liam was born (05/28) for a dinner social. We made a make-shift altar using the seat/cradle bottom board for the top (I had just planed, laminated and cut it to width and length that day) and roller stands for the legs which we covered with a large white cloth! After the mass, Fr. Kelly signed the board and wrote that the mass was celebrated on it. Pretty cool I thought. Thanks for looking.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 11:31 PM

Looks good. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting. Congratulations to you and your family. I am working on a 4 in 1 crib and dresser for my only daughters first baby now due in July.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 06-28-2010 12:18 AM

Looks great. This may be the very best part of woodworking, making something special for someone in your life that is special.

Perhaps the greatest thrill in my life is when I give a special gift that I had made to a special relative. It’s all the reward I ever need for my woodworking efforts.

Congratulations to you, my fellow Iowan, on a great job and a great addition to your family.

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

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#4 posted 06-28-2010 01:54 AM

A great build on a very special project. This will have many happy memories for all of your family. Well done Jack.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 06-28-2010 02:43 AM

Great job, I love these. Very cool…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 06-28-2010 03:23 AM

Wow Jack I love this.
I have never seen this design before. Neat idea !
Congratulations to you and your family,
Welcome to Liam,
I think the mass and signature is a special touch ; )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 06-28-2010 04:36 AM

Nice work, Jack. Congrats to you and your family on your new grandson.

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#8 posted 06-28-2010 05:52 AM

You did good Jack. I really like the design.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 06-28-2010 06:33 AM

Thanks, dad

It’s beautiful and Liam can’t wait to sleep in it!

Great design. I can’t wait to see you guys next week.

-- Mother is the name for God on the hearts and lips of all children

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#10 posted 06-28-2010 07:16 AM

Thank you Des! See you soon…
Thanks for all the nice comments people.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 06-28-2010 08:49 AM

wow, a beautiful creation…of life and wood. My wife and I just found out that we are going to have our first child together. I would love to make something like this. Can you tell me where you found the plans? Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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#12 posted 06-28-2010 12:20 PM

now this is realy special , jack .

i’ve never seen this either .

looks like a great gift for the expectant mother .

you enjoy the visit .
and Liam !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 06-28-2010 06:14 PM

That is great Jack. I love it and hope to make one someday for my daughter as well. I have seen these in antique stores and love them. You did a great job…..

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#14 posted 06-28-2010 08:40 PM

Thats soooo cool I never seen anything like it, great job…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 06-29-2010 02:12 PM

grand job..I’ve always loved the rocker/cradle concept..lucky D&L

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