Cherry Cradle

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Project by DawsonWoodworking posted 05-26-2012 04:44 AM 4087 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cradle for our new son, born in May 2012.

It is solid cherry, my wife and I tried to find a cradle design we both like. I tend to lean more towards traditional styling, but she didn’t like anything I did. We finally found a design we both liked while searching through images on Google. We found an style that she loved, and the rest is history. I credit the general concept for this design to Scott Morrison – – and his cradle for the inspiration of my design.

This is also my first real attempt at steam bending. The top ‘hoop’ of the basket is 3 layers of 1/4” cherry that were steam bent around a oval form and glued back together as a lamination. The rest of the curves were made simply by using thick/wide stock and cutting out the form.

The finish is amber shellac with wax.

-- Salt Lake City, UT My goal is to live forever - so far, so good.

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#1 posted 05-26-2012 05:06 AM

This is a wonderful creation ,I love the design,the wood and the wonderful workmanship. Beautiful top to bottom.


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 05-26-2012 07:41 AM

Congratulations on your son!

And great job on building him a cradle.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 08:59 AM

Very nice

That must have taken a few hours.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 11:20 AM

This is beautiful, a unique design, and it shows your craftsmanship throughout.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 12:17 PM

Great looking design. It’s one of the best looking cradles I’ve seen. Congratulations on your new baby! I bet he’s not the last baby to spend a while sleeping in this cradle. Now all you need is a trip to any local trophy shop and get them to engrave a brass plaque with the baby’s name, weight, and date of birth. Parent’s name would also be nice if there is room. Then you can add a plaque for each baby that uses the cradle. Also a plaque with your name as the maker would be nice. Having the history of the cradle on it, makes it a heritage cradle that will stay in the family for generations.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 05-26-2012 12:32 PM

Beautifully designed and very well done! The time spent researching resulted in what appears to be a unique, very functional and durable cradle for your new son. Congratulations on a very successful build as well as the birth of your son.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 05-26-2012 03:58 PM

I echo all the previous comments, and thank you for sharing your creation with us. However, having been through the children furniture making episode with my grand daughter, you will find out that infants spend very little time in a cradle and graduate to cribs in no time at all. So, get busy on the next project and soon! Looking forward to seeing that project also.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#8 posted 05-26-2012 06:45 PM

Very beautiful cradle and fantastic craftsmanship.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 05-26-2012 07:49 PM

Thats simply the best one I have seen yet do they call this a boat cradle as it looks like an old Scottish boat cradle design.lovely though not an easy design to complete you did it very nicely though and have fun with the wee man too.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 05-26-2012 10:21 PM

Hal, That is a great idea regarding the name plaques. They would fit great on the bottom of the basket.
Alistair, I don’t know if it I would call it boat cradle design or not, I haven’t thought about it that way before, but I like the idea. I had just thought of it as a modern or contemporary style.

Thanks to everyone for the comments. I appreciate it very much.

-- Salt Lake City, UT My goal is to live forever - so far, so good.

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#11 posted 05-26-2012 10:26 PM

Congrats!!!!!!! Nicely Done…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#12 posted 05-27-2012 03:47 AM

Congratulations on the birth of your son. You have done a superb job on the cradle!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 05-28-2012 12:33 PM

That is absolutely stunning. Very well done. You did my design proud. A big congrats to you both on the new bundle of joy and thanks so much for sharing your fantastic work.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#14 posted 06-23-2012 09:15 AM

Cherry is by far my favorite wood, and the craftsmanship here just puts it over the top.
Very nice piece.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#15 posted 04-03-2019 12:45 PM

Wow! Really fantastic. Beautiful final result. How did you join the basket? (Round too to the rails and rails to the bottom)

-- Ty

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