Baby Tender II - Baby Cradle With Modifications

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Project by LumberingWoodworker posted 06-30-2013 11:53 PM 4923 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Baby Tender II Cradle Boat with Modifications

I made the cradle and my wife made the mattress and side bumpers for an on the way grandchild. We delivered this gift today and they were completely surprised.

It is based on the “Baby Tender II” plans I purchased from Jordan Wood Boats ( Great people to work with! I received the full sized plans in less than a week after ordering them.

Since I had already milled a bunch of 1½” x 3/16” thick strips of redwood (cut with rabbets) I used them for the sides instead of cutting new lumber for the planks. Another deviation from the plans is I used ¼” mahogany plywood for the bottom vs. the planks called for in the plans.

Lumber used:
1) Redwood (strips and transom cut from 2×6 construction grade lumber—straight grain with few knots).
2) ¼” Mahogany Plywood (used for bottom only).
3) 3/4” thick walnut for breast hook and stem knees and ¼”x3/4’ for gunnels.
4) 1/8” thick strip of white ash laminated to bottom of rockers.

Side note: There are plenty of minor errors in craftsmanship but I am still satisfied with the end results.



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#1 posted 07-01-2013 12:25 AM

Fine work LWW!

It looks mighty comfortable as well.

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 12:50 AM

A new family heirloom is born. Good job!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 01:05 AM

Very nice, the grandbaby will be very well rocked. The minor errors are what I call character and usually no one else can ever find them.

-- Bob in Washington State

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 01:16 AM

Wow what a cool idea..great job

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 01:57 AM

Rock a bye baby…......... in the boat hull…............... when the wind blows…....... the boat hull will rock… lol
Very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 02:25 AM

Great job!


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#7 posted 07-01-2013 02:50 AM

Beautiful work! I made this a few years ago with three planks, the way you used more planks really looks sharp.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 04:29 PM

Beautiful! Hope it is waterproof. ;)

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#9 posted 07-02-2013 05:59 AM

Thank you for all the positive feedback. Much appreciated.

@knothead62 – Elmers claims their new wood glue is waterproof but I’m not sure its new captain will be up to giving it a test cruise.

@mpmitche – I took a look at your boat cradle post and think it looks amazing compared to mine. I actually considered using oak. Looks nice!

P.S. The captain arrived this afternoon!!!


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#10 posted 07-03-2013 02:22 PM

That’s so cool and pretty! Great boat design and joinery. I’m sure it will be enjoyed much and will last long. Great work and congrats!

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#11 posted 07-03-2013 07:38 PM

Ecellent job LumberWoodworker. Fine craftsmanship. Keep it up.

-- I'm gonna go make some saw dust

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#12 posted 07-06-2013 12:05 AM

Thanks Larry and Fishinbo.

Working this project makes me want to make a real one. But I have a 3/4s finished canoe thats been crying to me for years. Once that and probably a half dozen other on hold or pending projects are out of the way I’ll make a 12-footer or so row boat.


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#13 posted 11-18-2013 11:29 AM

Way Cool ,Looks great !!!

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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