It's been a long time, finally I build something...a cradle for upcoming grandson

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Project by SST posted 03-18-2013 11:58 PM 2393 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

414 days ago I posted a question about cradles here & was about to set out on a journey to build one for an anticipated grandchild. The situation changed for a while, but is now back on track, so I finally got it finished.

As part of my search I noted that at least one (& maybe a couple) LJ’s had used a set of plans from here: I was planning on designing my own cradle but I wanted a starting point to use for dimensions & basic structure.
I will say that the plans are full size & nicely drawn & very useful in getting me to a finished product, so I do recommend them.

The only negative I came across was that they are for a cradle that uses (as they say) a standard 17×34 inch bassinet pad. While this size is out there, the 18×36” size is much more common. Not a deal breaker though, I simply added 1” to the width & 2” to the length of all appropriate components.

As to the cradle itself, I preferred a more closed look to the ends that the plans showed, so I went with a frame & panel end construction. I used ash from a tree that went down on our property & cherry from a nearby farm.

The plans showed the sides as vertical & I liked the look of having it wider at the top, so I flared out the sides a bit. Also, I like a more substantial look than the plan shown spindles provided, so I used 3/4” x 1 1/2” ash with a slight routed round over at the corners. They are set into the side rails with loose tenons. I used wider ash at the ends because I prefer more strength than screwing the cradle ends to the side rail end grain provides, so I added 2 screws into them.

I used the recommended glider parts even though I debated insetting bearings into wood pieces. I opted for simplicity since they don’t show all that much. I inset a brass medallion with made by & made for info on it.

The only complication I had was that I needed to transport it from Wisconsin to South Carolina in the family sedan, so I had to do final assembly of it after arrival, so I took along screws, plugs, glue, sanding stuff & finishing materials.

It’s finished with several coats of original Waterlox. I’d never used it before & picked up several gallons at a close out store, unopened, at $10. per gallon. When I saw how much it retails for, I bought all 4 gallons that they had. After using it, it’s my new favorite finish.

Wow, it’s good to be back at it.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 12:33 AM

An exceptional build. Love the design and finish. Congrats on your upcoming grandson. I’m in the process of building a cradle too for our upcoming grandson, which will be our second grandchild.

Hope the best.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 12:49 AM

Nice work Tom!

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 12:50 AM

I never get tired of looking at these.. Such great projects,,,, Love seeing everyones twists and ideas. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 04:10 AM

truly beautiful! But I bet you could barely use your shopsmith on this beaut…its too nice!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 04:19 AM

Sir this is awesome. And as a fellow Shopsmither, it’s inspiring work. Nicely done.

-- MrHart

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 07:42 AM

Very nice Tom.
Some beautiful wood there too.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 01:44 PM

looks very nice

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#8 posted 03-19-2013 03:53 PM

OUCH…Napaman, Using my Shopsmiths is the very reason it came out so great.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#9 posted 03-19-2013 06:57 PM

LOL…I DONT DOUBT THAT at all…was just ribbing you because in the past when you (we) post projects and we mention how we used our SS it turns into a forum on the SS…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 03-19-2013 07:19 PM

Great build.
I considered the same problem you had of transporting but also later storing the cradle for the next generation. I opted for a design that could be disassembled and stored flat. Using brass threaded inserts and screw bolts did the job and now the grand kids are out of them they are easily stored away for the next users.

Hope you have a lot of used for all that Waterlox. I don’t know how long it’s shelf life is but I usually find after a couple of years finishes start to break down. Unopened cans may last a little longer.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 03-19-2013 10:47 PM

I do plan on using the Waterlox as often as I can, but I figured 4 gallons might take too long to use up, so I sold 2 gallons to a nearby woodworking friend who also loves it. I figure a 2 gallon supply is all I can reasonably use before it goes over to the dark side.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#12 posted 03-20-2013 03:01 PM

You dont think with all 18 of your Shopsmiths fired up at once you cant go through 4 gallons in a month?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 03-20-2013 07:40 PM

Who can possibly get by with only 18 Shopsmiths???
By the way, If you haven’t tried the original Waterlox formula (not water based, despite the name, actually a blend of linseed & tung oils, mineral spirits and a polymer of some kind – probably in the varnish family, it really is great to use. Wipes on/in, dries quickly & re-coats easily.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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