Cherry Cradle

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Although this was not my first project, it was “more complicated” than most of my other works have been. It was made for my son’s first child. It was finished using Livos Countertop.

The interesting thing is that an item like this gets used for a few months, and then the child outgrows it. So now it sits in a basement, used to hold miscellaneous detritus.


-- “Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today." Hemingway - "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

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#1 posted 07-25-2018 04:45 PM

Maybe it has a short useful life for each child, but your kids will think of you each time they rock the baby.

And hey, that finish is gorgeous!

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#2 posted 07-25-2018 04:46 PM

You did a great job. Each new set of parents will reuse your beautiful cradle for many generations to come. Your children’s children and their children will be rocking babies and each will thank you in their prayers It will become a family heirloom, just give it time. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#3 posted 07-25-2018 05:51 PM

It looks nice. Quite similar to the ones I made for my grandchildren.

You are quite correct in that they don’t get used for long unless the child is a girl then she can use it for a doll bed. I guess boys can to if they are so inclined. I had all grandsons.

I did solve part of the storage problem by using decorative brass bolts and threaded inserts to hold the parts together then it can be taken apart and folded flat. Put it in a plastic garbage bag to keep it clean and it can wait for the next child or the next generation…...which ever comes first.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 07-25-2018 06:06 PM

Very nice cradle indeed! Really good looking design. Looks like great execution too.

I built a cradle for my first child. I have four currently, so it has at least been used for about 6 months each child :-)
I decided to woodburn each child’s name and birthdate into the bottom. It’ll become a family heirloom hopefully for somebody! It’s totally worth it.

-- Pete

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#5 posted 07-25-2018 06:52 PM

This is a beautiful cradle. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 07-25-2018 11:02 PM

Your cradle turned out beautiful! I built one for my grandson last winter and it was definitely my most complicated build to that date, and kinda my pride and joy. I used parts of the plan you used and it is compacted. I ordered the pivot hinges from Rockler instead of using the parts the plan called for. Other than the legs, I used the end panel design, basically, but changed the size to 18×36 because theirs is small and off-size for finding a mattress these days. Although it will only be used for a short time it is surely incredibly special to the recipients and will be hopefully treasured by the baby himself/herself when he becomes a parent – also when the next grand baby comes along :) Pete’s wood burning is a fantastic idea – creates a history. Les’s collapsable idea is fantastic, too!
Mine is front and center in my step-daughter’s family room, I wonder how long it will be their centerpiece, we’re a little over 2 months in – haha :)
Great job, beautiful cradle!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#7 posted 07-25-2018 11:34 PM

Tremendous job. I wish you many grandchildren!

-- AJ

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#8 posted 07-26-2018 02:37 AM

I made a pair of those out of quartersawn oak way back in 1991 for our twins. They’ve floated around the family since then including our two younger girls. Perhaps grandchildren will get to use them someday. I still have the original Wood Magazine I used for plans. The only change I made was Baltic birch plywood instead of Masonite for the bottoms.

Thanks for bringing back those memories.


-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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#9 posted 07-26-2018 02:39 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed & Also Well Done.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 07-26-2018 10:31 AM

I made that cradle 30+ years ago. Well done

-- Petey

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