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Project by souto posted 07-30-2018 12:30 AM 893 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bassinet I made for my first Granddaughter. Inspired by posts I’ve seen here. Made from poplar, painted Linen White. First experience with dowelling Rockler Jig worked flawlessly, was alternative to Mortise and Tenon. Pivot Hinges gave just the right amount of swing..

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#1 posted 07-30-2018 10:17 PM

It is a nice clean design. I like it.
Two suggestions. I don’t see a locking device to stop the bed from tilting when the child rolls to one side.
Also I’m a little concerned that the foot appears narrower than the bed which “look” unstable.
Infants don’t seem to use them for long before they out grow them but for girls it becomes a doll bed.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 07-30-2018 11:55 PM

Very nice Les.

Which doweling jig from Rockler did you use? Getting ready to build very similar design and was looking at buying a mortiser for $75 on CL.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 07-31-2018 01:10 AM

Hi Les and Andy, the bassinet is rock solid I put 50lb. worth of weight in it and rocked it back and forth no issues. Regarding the tilting, weight of Bassinet when using this type of hinge would require more force to rock than a 8-10 pound infant has if they rolled over. I also read if a baby/infant can roll over or sit up, they should be in a crib. I felt the rocking more of a design element as opposed to a method to soothe the Baby to sleep. I used a 3/8 Doweling Jig from Rockler $19.99 awesome to use. Less expensive than Mortiser especially when you don’t have a drill press. Good luck building yours.

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#4 posted 08-05-2018 09:09 PM

Hello, I decided to put in a locking pin just to be on the safe side. Found 5/8 poplar dowel and covered the end with a candle cup, looks good. Still had time Granddaughter not due till end of August. Thanks Les good idea.

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#5 posted 10-29-2018 11:29 PM

Hello, I replaced some pictures they were shot at bad angles. Addressing the concern regarding foot being narrower then the bed. Its not. There is a locking pin to prevent rocking when not desired. This Bassinet looks and feels very sturdy, I”m also proud to announce for the last seven weeks my Grandaughter has been sleeping in it. Hope this will become a Heirloom in my family. Thank you for the comments, and concerns about safety.

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#6 posted 10-30-2018 01:20 AM

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