Swinging Cradle

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Project by trexco posted 09-17-2012 02:25 AM 1897 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cradle for a friends first grandchild. It is made from black walnut and cherry. The spindles are three pieces laminated together, cherry sandwiched by black walnut. THe raised panel sides are black walnut and the end pieces are cherry. The I beam spreader bar on the bottom is made from balck walnut and fastend to the spindles by pocket screws. The feet are cherry. The hangers are inverted brass stairway rail mounts.

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 04:15 AM

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 05:22 AM

You did some great wood working on that project. I’m sure it took a lot of time to add all the details.
My thoughts…..
I would be a little concerned about the strength of the hangers and how quietly they move..
Is there any way to stop the cradle from swinging or tipping to one side when the child moves around?
Also I would be more comfortable if the feet were wider and provided more stability.
Finally, as I have found out the hard way after making several cradles for my family, the little ones only use them for less than 6 months. My answer to that problem was to make them modular so they could be disassembled and stored flat until the next occupant comes along; whether it is a 2 years or 2 decades away. Of course if it is a little girl she can put her dolls in it. I got three grandsons. (-:

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 05:02 PM

Hi Les, The hangers are silent, and while I am not sure what the max weight it will support, I can tell you that I have had over 100 lbs in one with no issues. The pictures are a little deceptive on the spread of the feet they are longer than they look and the whole unit is very stable. The fact that the cradle is hung with all the weight below the pivot makes it pretty stable even when the child rolls all the way against the side. This also dampens the rocking motion within just a few rocks when released. A nice feature (so I have been told) is that the height makes it easier for a new mother by not having to bend over as far if it was a floor rocking model.

Yes you are correct about the time span that it is usable and I have debated how best to try and build one that is a ‘knock’ down model for storage. Was thinking might be able to make the spreader go through the uprights with a mortise and wedge on the outside then you could tap the wedge out and all would break down. Not sure about the box guess you could do something similar, open to suggestions …

Thanks for looking and the suggestions !!

Trexco, Florida

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