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Project by RaceRed150 posted 12-30-2017 11:44 PM 595 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The story of this cradle starts with my wife’s great grandfather. He had made one for each of the babies in the family and when my wife was to be born he started this one. Unfortunately, he became ill and died before finishing it. When my wife and I were expecting our first, my mother in law mentioned the story, and knowing my woodworking skills, thought it would be fitting for me to finish it for our newborn. She had told me that he had done a lot of the work and she had kept it in the attic all these years. After crawling around in the attic, I found a box with some dust covered cherry and plans for a cradle. He had indeed done some work, but not much. As busy as an expecting dad can be, I started trying to decipher the plans and figure out the box of puzzle pieces I was left with. Some was cut, some still rough, and other pieces were from a completely different project! I figured it out and got as far as doing my glue up and cutting out all the pieces.

There it sat for 2 years, until my then toddler was getting her first real baby doll from Santa. I knew it was now or never and got to work. Finally, after 30 years, the cradle was finished! I remember when I put that first coat of shellac on and the rays in the cherry popped, I was amazed. I had only noticed them during the recent sanding, and never thought that dirty cherry in the attic could look like this.

I regret that my first born never got to use it other than for her dolls but when we had our second, we took full advantage of it. My 2nd took to it very quick and it was nice to have in the living room. I’m not 100% sure the purpose of the hood, other than for drafts, but it kept the kitchen lights and noise out for my 2nd daughter. I hope one day my grand-babies will be able to use it.

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-31-2017 03:23 AM

That’s a nice cradle, and a great story. So glad you got to finish it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 01-01-2018 01:58 AM

That is really cool. Thanks for sharing it

-- Work- helping fill out my workshop but giving me no time to use my toys.

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Paul Mayer

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 04:58 AM

It doesn’t get much sweeter than that. Great job on a beautiful project.

-- Paul Mayer,

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