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Project by Walt posted 02-11-2008 11:20 PM 1257 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A close family friend was about to become a mother, so I thought I’d try to make something she would like. This is the result. Maple with an oak stain and poly finish. It pivots on ball bearings so that it swings for a long tome. The slide bolt it to lock it in position while putting the baby down. Also keeps younger siblings from trying to “swing” baby too hard.

-- Walt D. NJ

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 11:52 PM

Great job! The finish looks really nice.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-12-2008 12:02 AM

Fantastic looking cradle! Well done.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-12-2008 01:07 AM

Very nice project. I agree the finish looks good. Maple can be hard to stain but you did a good job here.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-12-2008 02:40 AM

Walt, that is a great looking cradle…I really like the square rungs on the sides versus the spindle type. I have plans for one just like this I was going to build for my granddaughter when my daughter put the halt to it saying she didn’t have the room for it where she was living (and she wasn’t kidding either). Boo hoo for me, I was broken hearted (as any woodworking freak would…LOL). Oh well, hopefully I’ll get another chance [smile] and I hope it comes out to look as good as this one. Great work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#5 posted 02-12-2008 05:11 AM

Nice one Walt.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 02-12-2008 05:42 AM

These are very cool. Well done. I have always wanted to make one, but have no excuse. Field of Dreams theory.

Do babies like them?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 02-12-2008 06:10 AM

Great looking cradle. nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 02-12-2008 06:45 AM

Nice project! I can appreciate the work you put into this piece! Our cradle is resigned to holding stuffed animals at this time but will be recomissioned in about three months with number two on the way. Nice work, Michael

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#9 posted 02-12-2008 01:54 PM

That’s going to go more than one generation!

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