Baby Cradle

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Project by neverstoplearnin posted 07-08-2013 02:28 AM 2574 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Jocks,

So my wife and I were expecting a little girl and I figured would use my new found woodworking skills and make this baby cradle. The only problem was that my daughter (Grace) came 3 weeks early. The day she was born was also the day I started the cradle. I posted a pic of the raw slabs of cedar that this was made out of mostly because it is the first project that I have done that came 100% from rough material. The vertical slats are made of walnut (because I ran out of cedar) and the rest is all cedar. I used almost all of the techniques I have ever practiced on this project from mortise and tenon to pattern tracing and bandsaw work. That brings me to a discovery of mine. I do not like patterns I am a do it my way kind of guy. I bought a pattern from rockler and quickly realized that if I didn’t lay out center lines and reference points I am lost if there is a problem or a change to the design. I changed almost every aspect of this cradle from the original pattern because I felt like it was to basic and wasn’t going to really push me to get better. Plus I wanted to limit the amount of metal that was in this project (IE Screws). Everything is mortise and tenon or dowel pegs. Andy gave me some great advice once and that was not to move on to the next step of the project until you are more than 100% happy with the step you are working on. Thanks for that Andy it really help me on the sand and finish part of this project. Also I would like to call out to any jock that can help me get better at finishing. I am horrible at it and need help. Thanks for viewing. Also on last thing, if you are a jock in my neck of the woods PM me and I will hook you up with my wood guy. I paid $30 for all of that cedar plus two slabs of walnut. Yes $30 total.

-- *God is Good*

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#1 posted 07-08-2013 02:40 AM

Congratulations on the little one.
Nice cradle especially under the crunch of having no time to get it done.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#2 posted 07-08-2013 03:01 AM

You have a beautiful daughter and the cradle is wonderful. The design is great. This will be handed down to future generations.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 07-08-2013 10:51 AM

Firstly, congrats to you and your wife, you have a lovely little girl. Second, you did a great job on the cradle it look wonderful and Grace looks very happy with it too…:) Well done Dad.

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

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#4 posted 07-08-2013 10:56 AM

Congrats to you both. A very nicely built cradle. Before you know it, she’ll be askin for the keys to the car..

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

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#5 posted 07-08-2013 02:39 PM

Congrats to you and your wife on your beautiful daughter…she looks like she fits into that cradle pretty well. The cradle looks great and I am envious of the $$$$ you paid for the stock. Looks like you work well under pressure..guess she was just anxious to see how she was going to enjoy your handiwork. Well done.

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#6 posted 07-08-2013 04:28 PM

Great job!! Doesn’t look like beginner work to me.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#7 posted 07-10-2013 04:28 AM

She threw up on me today. She is still cute though. lol :-)

BTW, the cradle is awesome.

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#8 posted 07-10-2013 03:56 PM

Lovely cradle for the lovely daughter. Congrats and great job! It will be a family heirloom for sure.

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