2 Doll Cradles from red oak

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Project by DaleMaley posted 11-14-2018 01:39 PM 881 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The December 2018 issue of Woodworker’s Journal has a nice and simple pattern for a doll cradle, that is designed to hold 20” long dolls. Both of my grand-daughters could use one of these, so I decided to build 2 of them.

I used red oak. The 2 ends are 3/4” thick, the sides and bottoms are 1/2” thick. The magazine people sized the cradle so standard 5.5” wide boards could be used for the 2 sides.

The only tricky part was gluing and clamping the 2 sides to the bottom first. The magazine suggested the box glue and clamp method, of using blue masking tape with the box unfolded, then fold the box together, stretching the blue masking tape, making it a clamp. This method worked well.

To see the complete build process, see my woodworking web site here.

Hopefully, my 2 grand-daughters will enjoy them….......the cradles will be their 2018 Christmas presents :)


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 11-14-2018 08:30 PM

Well done granddad, you’ll have two very happy granddaughters with those beautiful cradles!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 11-14-2018 09:59 PM

Very neat project and well dome.

These will become family heirlooms most likely!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 11-14-2018 11:48 PM

Thanks :)

Very neat project and well dome.

These will become family heirlooms most likely!

- ralbuck

-- Dale, Illinois,

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