Doll Cradles

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Project by Paul posted 12-13-2013 05:15 PM 1578 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I friend of mine had a custom made doll cradle for her daughter made many years ago. She now has two grand daughters that she also wanted replicas of that custom made cradle. So, she asked me to make two of them just in time for Christmas. So, spending evenings in the shop this week, I was able to make two cradles for her. She now wants to spray paint them so they look different.

It wasn’t a very complex design, however there were plenty of angles in the ends that added a little bit of time. I used dowels for all the joints and then gorilla glue. Turned out very sturdy.

Also, I just used pine, as it was low price for her, and since she is going to spray paint, the wood didn’t matter too much, other than it’s a soft wood.

But these kinds of projects give me the most satisfaction knowing that young children will get years of enjoyment out of them.

-- Paul, Iowa

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#1 posted 12-13-2013 05:32 PM

Very nice work. Kids will love im sure.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#2 posted 12-13-2013 07:40 PM

These look great nice work Paul.


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#3 posted 12-14-2013 03:55 AM

God job Paul. They should become family heirlooms.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 07:05 PM

Did yourself proud forsure, really nice work

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 07:11 PM

They look great. I’ve been planning a similar project for my granddaughter, but have not liked many of the designs. What is the source of your plan and is it available?

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#6 posted 12-17-2013 02:52 PM

JP, I didn’t have any plans, other than I had the original, so I was able to take measurements off of that one. However, as I made the cut list, I jotted down measurements of each piece. I’ll list it below. Note that all the pieces were cut out of a 1×6 x 8’ select pine. There wasn’t much to spare. Also, note, the pieces for the decorative rails… all were cut at an angle of 5 degrees on the sides. That also resulted in angling the holes for the side spindles.

To get the decorative edges, I did one on the bandsaw, sanded it up the way I liked, and then used a flush trim bit on the others to match, so they are all identical.

I ran a 1/4” dado on the bottom rails to fit the bottom piece of plywood. Also, I routed a 1/8” roundover bit on all the edges and tops.

The bottom of the bottom rocker pieces was flat for about 4 or 5 inches. This holds it stable when not rocking it.

Also note: drill the holes for the spindles before putting the decorative edges on. And remember to angle the drill bit for the side rails

Doll Cradle Cut List

Top Front and Back Rails (2): 3/4×3/4×18.5”
Bottom Front and Back Rails (2): 3/4×1 x 18.5”
Side Stiles (4): 3/4×3/4×12 (you will have to custom angle the bottom to fit the rocker)
Top Decorative Rails (2): 3/4×3” x 13.25” (note the angles on the sides – 5 degrees)
Bottom Decorative Rails (2): 3/4×2.75×11 5/8 (also 5 degree angles on sides)
Bottom rocker piece (2): 3/4×3” x 13.25
Bottom of cradle (1): plywood 1/4” x 12×20 (cut to fit slots in rails, and corners notched to fit in slots)
5 long dowel rods for spindles (5/16×48”) cut to 6” each (total of 32 spindles)
20 dowels for the joinery

Spacing for spindles was calculated such that the spacing between each one was equal.

I hope that helps.

-- Paul, Iowa

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#7 posted 12-17-2013 02:58 PM

Those are so nice. You did a fine job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 12-17-2013 04:59 PM

Beautiful and well made cradles, little girls will get lots of fun playing with them. Great job!

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