Rocking cradle for my future grand daughter

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Project by Airspeed posted 10-08-2017 10:42 PM 1473 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this cradle for my expecting daughter. She got married in early July, I guess the honeymoon was successful since she’s pregnant already! I started building her a crib but her friend surprised her with one right as I got started. I build this instead. It will go in their bedroom. I have hundreds of feet of 1X12 pine so I used some on this. I bent the slats on the sides by ripping 1/4” strips, gluing and clamping on a form. Made a lock to prevent unwanted rocking action, the handle pushes a steel rod I buried between the two layers of 1X I used for the stretcher, it has a 1X1” piece of steel welded on the end which slides into a slot cut into a sculpted piece of hickory, the handle is also hickory, it was the hardest wood I had in the shop. I used 1/2” bronze bushings, bronze thrust washers and a 1/2” steel rod for the pivots, it swings effortlessly and silently. I had a lot of fun building this, was a project that just fell together in my mind, had no idea what it was going to look like so I designed on the go. I can’t wait to deliver it to her very soon, she has no idea I built it.


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#1 posted 10-08-2017 11:08 PM

Bravo on the nicely done project, gift, heirloom surprise, and congratulations grand,pa.
Keep on making saw dust, and enjoy the new life.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 01:35 AM

Beautifully done and congrats on the new member of the family.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 10-09-2017 08:18 AM

great cradle impatient future grandpa

-- bambi

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#4 posted 10-09-2017 09:19 AM

Thanks! This will actually be my third grand daughter. I love building stuff for them. My daughter and her husband are moving into their first house in a week so this will be a house warming gift. I have three daughters and they all want stuff I build for Christmas. Going to be busy in the shop the next coulple of months!


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#5 posted 10-09-2017 11:04 AM

Enjoyed seeing your project. I built one for our first child many years ago, it is still in existance, the daughter used it for here kids too. You did a very fine job. Design as you go, best way to do it, plans would not have produced a fine project like yours.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 10-09-2017 07:22 PM

You did a wonderful job on this beautiful cradle.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 10-09-2017 09:29 PM

Exceptional work and I love the locking mechanism. I have always been fond of cradles, and when building for your grandchildren, it makes it that much more pleasurable. I built one for my granddaughter 8 years ago, and then I built one for my grandson 4 years ago. Congratulations on this heirloom build and for the addition to your family.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#8 posted 10-09-2017 10:05 PM

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