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Project by DadEO posted 06-06-2011 11:51 PM 2029 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here is my first project post to LJs and my first hardwood project; so be nice :-D Just kidding. ALL comments and suggestions are more than welcome. It is a baby cradle for my great-niece. It is made a little early since I wanted to make sure there was NO smell from the finish when the baby arrives in October. The project is made from Red Oak, with the hearts on the side from Paduak and Maple. The headboard and footboard also has Paduak hearts and Maple spikes. There are some mistakes, but hopefully the new baby will get all the attention and not my project.

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 11:58 PM

Beautiful work, this remember me that I have to make one for my daughter that born in October to!!! :))

-- Pabreu, Portugal, Sintra,

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 01:01 AM

Great looking project – nice inlays (if that is what they are) – I have always wanted to build one but have no reason (right now). Looks like you have this one mastered.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 04:06 AM

Very nice. I built a cradle some time ago from a plan I got from a magazine. It wasn’t nearly as nice as this though. I’d like to know if the hearts are inlay or not as well. Also, what is the size of it? I strayed from the pattern measurements on the one I built and wound up with a cradle big enough for twins. If I ever build another, I think I’ll keep it reasonably sized for a single baby, unless the mother is expecting twins.


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#4 posted 06-07-2011 05:56 AM

A family heirloom for sure. Nice job and welcome to Lumber Jocks

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 11:08 AM

First of welcome! Congrats to you on both counts. What a great project. You nailed it! The only thing I would of done is plug the screw holes on the inside But thats just my thing. Your inlay is spot on! There going to love it!!! Again well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 06-07-2011 01:24 PM

William – Yes the patterns on the craddle are all inlays and that is where the room for improvements are. I think the bit was getting dull and caused some of the issues.

As far as the mesurements, it has the inside dementions of 18X36 which I think is standard since the wife has already found the pad and “bedding” for it.

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#7 posted 06-07-2011 01:33 PM

My bit was dull too. That’s the excuse I’m going to use anyway. I tried doing inlay with a router and it turned out so poorly that I didn’t bother taking photos to post here. So whatever mistakes you think you made, it still look heads and shoulders above what I was able to accomplish. Maybe this is a technique I need to revisit.
Great job. I can’t wait to see more of your work.


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#8 posted 06-07-2011 02:32 PM

Congrats on the beautiful family heirloom. Very well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 06-08-2011 04:49 AM

Beautiful work that is sure to be treasured by generations to come. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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