Baby Cradle Glider

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Project by dukeofburl posted 02-08-2013 09:06 AM 8159 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this baby cradle for my Daughter’s first baby. Although the plans called for it being made from Maple and also having spindles she wanted it made from Cherry and with slats instead. Since this deviated from the plans, I had to determine the number and size of slats as well as the spacing. I made the slats 1 1/2” wide by 9” long and slightly less than 3/8” thick. I hate to waste wood so I started with 14 slats (13/16” thick) and split them down the middle to make all 28 required slats. I decided to use mortise and tenon joints for attaching the slats to the rails. This required 56 mortises and tenons. I made the mortises by using a 1/4” router bit installed in the router table and successively plunge routed all of them. The tenons were cut on the table saw a little on the fat side and were cleaned up with a shoulder plane to fit perfectly. Instead of squaring up all of the mortises, I chose to slightly round the corners of the tenons to fit the mortises. All sharp edges were rounded with a 1/16” router bit except for the bottom shelf which was rounded with 1/8” bit. The end stiles and rails were attached using biscuits. During final assembly, I chose not to glue the slats since they were completely captured by the top and bottom rails. Top and bottom side rails were screwed/glued to the end stiles. To make things a Little easier, I pre-finished many of the pieces before final assembly.

What makes this cradle a little unique is that it has a glider mechanism which makes it very stable. Fortunately, the cradle was finished approx 2 weeks before the baby’s arrival. This cradle has a nice shelf underneath for storing diapers, blankets, etc. The cradle is also large enough that my daughter uses it as a changing table. The baby gave her seal of approval and after a short time, figured out that she could rock herself.

-- dukeofburl

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 10:38 AM

Brilliant design and nicely constructed.

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 11:02 AM

Beautiful. A future family heirlom if I ever saw one. Just imagine your great-great granddaughter being rocked to sleep in it.

Wonderful build GrandPa!

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 11:38 AM

Really nice concept, and great job on the build.


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#4 posted 02-08-2013 03:19 PM

I’m very impressed by all those mortise and tenon slats. I’m about to start working on two cradles. My sister is due in July and my sister-in-law is due in August. If I don’t start soon, they will buy one before I’m finished. Where did you get your plans?

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 11:03 PM

The plans and hardware kit for the Baby Cradle Glider are available from meiselwoodhobby (

The cradle mattress is a standard size. Meiselwood hobby sells them and they are also available at Babies-R-Us.

-- dukeofburl

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#6 posted 02-09-2013 02:11 AM

That’s absolutly beautiful. It will surly be handed down from generation to generation. The workmanship and finish is top notch. I love the use of cherry. I made one from the same plans and enjoyed the build. I cheated quite a bit with the construction and also changed the plans. If your interested you can see it here

Oh yeah… by the way welcome to lumberjacks

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