Scott Morrison Inspired Bassinet

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Project by bslyfox posted 10-03-2019 03:56 AM 2029 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed this bassinet inspired by the original by Scott Morrison, but many thanks to Steve Gaskins, a fellow member of this forum, who also has built a reproduction and was instrumental in guiding me through the build process.

In response to a few questions asked by fellow contributors:
Construction of the “basket”:
- The floor of the basket was constructed from 12/4 Walnut that was coopered at approximately 5° per joint to generate some of the curve from left to right.
– The top rail is a bent laminate construction of 2 halves that were identical. Once again, I used 12/4 walnut for this, resawing from an 8 inch wide board, using 9 pieces of laminate approximately 1/8” thick each. These were then bent around a form that was in the shape of an ellipse measuring 38×22”. To generate the angles at the head and foot of the rail, the “headpiece” was cut at an angle of 25°, and the “foot piece” was cut at an angle of 15°. These were then joined and the final 3 inch wide rail was cut from that composite. The joint between these 2 halves then served as a reference for the orientation of the rail, keeping the joint perfectly vertical during the remainder of the build preserved the intended asymmetry of the 2 ends.
- The stiles are also a bent laminate construction, also an ellipse, utilizing approximately 1/4 of the ellipse for the form. Each was then custom cut and fit to its location joining the top rail to the floor. Joinery was with mortise and floating tenon. Lots of shaping in 3 dimensions followed.

With regards to the “pivots”, I used 7/8” OD brass tubing and custom fit a wooden dowel to the inside. The wooden dowel was then drilled to receive 5/8” OD skateboard bearings. These accepted a ¼” stainless bolt/axle that threaded into a recessed threaded anchor on each end of the basket. The outer brass sits in a 15/16” recess in the base and the axle/basket rotates inside of it.

-- Bryan

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#1 posted 10-03-2019 03:56 AM


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#2 posted 10-03-2019 03:59 AM

Wow is right…. instant heirloom. Great build!!!

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#3 posted 10-03-2019 04:13 AM

Holy smokes! Wonderful work. How about some insight on how you did this? This has got to qualify for daily, weekly, monthly top 3 regardless of the algorithm.

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#4 posted 10-03-2019 04:54 AM

That is very very nice. Nice job.

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#5 posted 10-03-2019 06:39 AM

+1 Wow factor

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#6 posted 10-03-2019 08:57 AM

There are a lot of projects posted here where I think “that’s really interesting, and when I get better, I can sort of see how I might make that”. This isn’t one of them. I have no idea how you made that, and it looks amazing!

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#7 posted 10-03-2019 11:53 AM

WOW is an understatement! That’s truly great work and any baby would be proud to call that bed their own (if babies could talk). Almost make me want to have another just to see if I could make one too, almost.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#8 posted 10-03-2019 12:13 PM

Bravo, this is outstanding, a very nice piece of heirloom, somebody will cherrish that for a long time, and you should be very proud for a great achievement.

-- andrek

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#9 posted 10-03-2019 12:17 PM

Holy Smokes! What a Magnificent and spectacular looking Bassinet. Every minuted put into this was so well worth it. Your work is amazingly impressive and so Awesome to see! A heirloom for sure!
Thanks for sharing!

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#10 posted 10-03-2019 01:06 PM

Beautiful piece. I’ve always love sculpted wood furniture like this. has a real Sam Maloof kind of feel to me. Very organic flow to it all. And superbly executed too.
Very curious about the construction of the basket. Any details you care to share would be appreciated.
Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 10-03-2019 02:18 PM

that is a sculpture in wood,just beautifully done.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 10-03-2019 06:12 PM

Beautiful job!! That is a family heirloom that will be proudly passed down for generations.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#14 posted 10-03-2019 08:05 PM

Seems like English is not Ted’s first language. :-)

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#15 posted 10-03-2019 08:16 PM

that is really cool

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