Wormy Maple Bassinet

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Project by Pwilhelm posted 11-28-2018 02:52 AM 1373 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bassinet for my son (due mid January) from wormy maple left over from the Maloof rocker I made in 2015. The design came mainly from watching Matt Cremona build a bassinet for his son on YouTube, with the usual slight adjustments and modifications. The cherry end panels came from a large batch of lumber my dad was making custom trim and flooring from for a customer, and the bottom board was an old knotty piece of scrap leaned up in the corner of my dad’s shop. I cut out the rough part of the knot and rabbeted a ledge to inlay a piece of curly maple that was originally an old piece of firewood, I think. The bottom looks a little weird, but will be covered by the mattress 99% of the time anyway. The walnut dowels were cut from leftovers of a batch of walnut originally used to make a different Maloof rocker (made in 2016). I ripped pieces to 5/8” square and ran them through a Veritas dowel/tenon cutter to make 1/2” dowels. They needed a lot of sanding since my blade isn’t quite adjusted right. The walnut trim on the end panels was made from pieces of the same batch of walnut. I ran an 8/4 piece over a round over bit on the router table on both edges, then ripped off the (maybe 5/8” thick) quarter-round, hit it once more on the router, and ripped the piece in half, leaving two more pieces of quarter-round. A time consuming way to make little trim, for sure. 12 to 15 coats of Minwax tung oil finish and some wipe on poly mixed in, three rounds of wet-sanding with 1500 and 2000 grit paper, a little Feed-n-Wax and it is SMOOTH. Thanks to Matt Cremona for the basic design, I hope I did it justice.

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#1 posted 11-28-2018 02:57 AM

Beautiful !!!! Great job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 11-28-2018 09:25 AM

Impressive and shiny, makes me want to sleep in it

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#3 posted 11-28-2018 02:28 PM

Beautiful, love the grain pattern

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 11-28-2018 11:13 PM

Nice looking piece, goes well with that rocker.

Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 11-29-2018 02:36 AM

Very nice contrast with the walnut spindles. Just finished a figured maple one myself a few days ago for my nephews baby due in January. I had the same idea about the trim and considered doing the spindles in walnut but didn’t. Great minds think alike! :-) The bottom board looks awesome. Might have to redo mine. Those Maloof style rockers are well above my pay grade. Awesome work.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 11-29-2018 05:54 PM

Wow, what a great set for the Mom-to-be.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#7 posted 12-01-2018 03:43 PM

Nice work, A family heirloom for generations to treasure.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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