Cradle - It is a love hate relationship...

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Project by Jason Watts posted 07-26-2012 02:08 PM 5096 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first project where I had a set deadline to finish. My wife is due to have our second child in about two weeks, so talk about pressure! I will eventually cut a design in the bottom brace (trestle?), and spend more time on the finish.

I took ideas from many different plans and adjusted them to my skill set and tools. Every piece of wood is from The Home Depot, and it is almost entirely made out of Red Oak. I used Birch plywood for the mattress support and maybe Bubinga for the trestle pegs and screw hole plugs.

This wood was extremely temperamental to temperature and humidity in my garage! I eventually started oiling raw wood before even cutting just to keep things more consistent. (any other tricks would are welcomed). All the routing was done by hand since I don’t have a routing table (hopefully my next project), and all the curvy cuts were made by a hand jigsaw. Every single piece of wood (aside from the pegs and slats) are comprised of two or more pieces of wood glued together.

I look forward to your comments and questions! Enjoy!

-- - In Christ

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#1 posted 07-26-2012 02:42 PM

It looks great! Can’t wait to see what you do with the trestle.

I’m in a similar boat; we’re expecting our first and I promised a rocking chair—-still have a few weeks to finish it though.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 07-26-2012 02:59 PM

Jason this looks really good and I’ll bet that wife is really proud of what you have accomplished.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 07-26-2012 03:02 PM

great work! My wife wants something like this for when we have another baby.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#4 posted 07-26-2012 03:05 PM

Jason, I’ve built several cradles and several styles. Yours is the nicest I’ve seen. I particularly like the pinned stretcher feature. It’s going to my favorites now! Thanks for sharing.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#5 posted 07-26-2012 03:26 PM

Very nice. Looks like you did quite well with the tools at hand.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#6 posted 07-26-2012 03:41 PM

Jason, that looks fantastic! Don’t forget, in a pinch, a router table is simple a board that has a router attached to it. You can always make a quick one by drilling a hole for the bit in a piece of ply, and then making some holes for the mounting screws on the router. Clamp a straight piece of wood to the table, and voila! Quick and dirty router table…

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#7 posted 07-26-2012 03:52 PM

Great job Buddy! I’m sure this will be passed down for many more baby’s in the years to come.

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#8 posted 07-26-2012 03:59 PM

Thanks for the encouragement guys. Wow Randy, what a flattering comment. I really wanted to build this one:, but didn’t have the time, tools or skills yet.

AUBrian, I actually did create a 30 minute router table and zipped a few boards through it (head and foot boards have a half lap joint). When I matched the boards together, the ends matched up perfectly and the center had a huge lip. After cutting and trying multiple times, I finally figured out that my brand new MDF makeshift router table had a slight sag right where the router was mounted. I was so furious, I gave up on the table idea. It set me back a couple days.

-- - In Christ

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#9 posted 07-26-2012 04:16 PM

Good job under what sounds like challenging circumstances !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#10 posted 07-27-2012 12:58 AM

You did a great job on this cradle despite the lack of tools and time constraints. You have created a family heirloom that should be passed down to your children’s children. I love your joinery (totally professional).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 07-27-2012 02:17 AM

That is one beautiful cradle… you will certainly cherish it for many years to come!

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#12 posted 07-27-2012 02:51 AM

Beautiful project! Destined to become a family heirloom.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 07-27-2012 03:30 AM

What’s to hate ?
all I see is love and a beautiful cradle created by a loving father.
Well done and remember ” Tools are where you find them”.

-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 07-27-2012 01:35 PM

We recently got the news that we will (finally) be grandparents in March. I’ve looked at many cradle designs and I like this one the best. I like the clean, simple lines. I especially like the slats (instead of spindles). I’m definitely going to reference this cradle when I build one shortly.

I think it is particularly noteworthy that you made such a fine cradle with less than ideal tools. It’s a tribute to your skills.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 08-16-2012 07:52 PM

It looks great! Cant wait to see more of your projects!

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