Maple & Walnut Heirloom Baby Cradle

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Project by dewoodwork posted 08-31-2008 07:52 AM 42331 views 32 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just completed this cradle made from maple and walnut. The cradle is the second I have made from the same plan. We are expecting twin girls in October so we decided on two cradles rather than one big one. The plan originates from a December 1986 issue of Woodsmith magazine. I altered the plan to accommodate a standard 18”x36” cradle mattress. I don’t have a lathe so I made slats for the sides instead of spindles. The knobs where shaped using a jig at the router table and final turning at the drill press.

When I purchased the stock for this project I couldn’t resist throwing in a stick of tiger maple. I incorporated the figured maple in the basket side frames. This is a really fun project and I enjoyed building it just as much the second time as I did the first. The finish is 1 coat of shellac 1# cut followed by two coats of oil and varnish mix and a coat of furniture wax.

Thanks for looking, questions and comments are always welcome.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#1 posted 08-31-2008 08:14 AM

This is lovely. It would have been so nice in my baby’s room. Now she is too big for that .
Really nice job. Wish you all the best with the twins.

-- Chantal L., Montreal

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#2 posted 08-31-2008 10:44 AM

Really nice job.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#3 posted 08-31-2008 11:20 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 08-31-2008 12:41 PM

Great job. Nicely built and finished.
I enjoy looking at as much as you enjoyed building it.
Congratulations for the comming twins.
Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 08-31-2008 01:24 PM

Beautiful. The tiger maple complements the superb
quality in which this cradle was made. The girls will
really appreciate these some day. Like when they
have children perhaps? Congrats future granddad.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#6 posted 08-31-2008 02:10 PM

That is an awesome cradle that will be cherished for generation. I really like the combination of woods, especially the tiger maple. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 08-31-2008 05:43 PM

Beautiful cradle, love the woods and the design. Great job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#8 posted 08-31-2008 05:57 PM

That’s sweet! Very nice craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 08-31-2008 08:43 PM

I like the design and look of this piece. Great choice in material too. Good work

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#10 posted 08-31-2008 11:45 PM

This is beautiful. This is one of those things that I wish I just had the parts cut out , up on the shelf and when the need arises, I’d have one almost ready. Seems like friends or family are never expecting, unless I’m so snowed under and behind schedule, that I can’t get the time to make one. Thanks for the post.

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#11 posted 09-01-2008 02:30 AM

That’s spectacular.

-- Gary, Florida

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#12 posted 09-01-2008 02:53 AM

That is very nice. A beautiful expression! Good luck with everything with respect to filling them.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#13 posted 09-01-2008 07:48 PM

Dewayne, Great job on the twins. Wow two! I think thats great. Your cradle turned out really nice too. I like the Walnut and maple. They look great together. Great job!!!!!!

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#14 posted 09-02-2008 05:09 AM


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#15 posted 09-02-2008 03:46 PM

Gorgeous Work!

Made two of these over the years and wasn’t as smart as you- I turned the spindle. Probably made 40 to get 22 that were “identical”- and I use that term loosely!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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