Cradle for new Granddaughter

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Project by paratrooper34 posted 06-03-2012 10:58 PM 1710 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Everyone, this is a cradle I just finished building for my Granddaughter who will be with us very soon. I wrote an entire blog on it detailing the entire process which is located at:

The cradle is constructed of Butternut which was harvested in Western MASS. It is finished in Boiled Linseed Oil and paste wax. It was built almost only with hand tools, but I did use some power. Thanks for looking and enjoy the blog and pics.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 12:40 AM

Excellent craftsmanship. I like the accent of the layout line on the dovetails. Did you stain the end grain prior to assembly? The contrast is eyecatching.
Congrats on the grand-daughter. Love em up, sugar em up and send em home!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 01:01 AM

Thanks BTKS, much appreciated. I didn’t do anything to the end grain prior to finishing. Just slathered the whole thing in BLO and wiped it down. I was pretty surprised at the contrast as well. Not sure why it did that. Also, I like the look of the dovetail layout line as well. When I make the marks, I ensure my marking gauge blade is sharp and I make sure that is scores deep enough to still be visible after all the planing on the joint. I remember when I first started cutting dovetails, I was hesitant to leave that mark. But after a couple of projects with it left there, I really like how it looks. Now I leave it on all the time.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 02:28 AM

Wonderful job on this….really great. The blogs are terrific as well. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 11:44 PM

That has to be one of the nicer looking cradles I’ve seen around here. I really like the way you did the dovetails. You did a beautiful job of finishing it. Hope that you get to see a Great Grandchild use it too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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