Nolan's Cradle

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Project by AspiringWoodworker posted 04-02-2014 11:23 AM 3528 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this cradle last November for my Grandson Nolan. A lot of work went in between laying the keel and laying the baby down in it. I could not have done it without the help of my brother, Thanks Jon!

This was a long project and there were a number of ups and downs along the way but we had a lot of fun. The plans used were from Jordan Boats.

I also need to thank Willie, Lori-Ann and Sharon for their help and input along the way!

-- Jeff W., Boston, MA area,

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#1 posted 04-02-2014 11:29 AM

very cool , what a great looking cradle…awesome project. Well done Granddad.

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

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 11:59 AM

Absolutely beautiful, well done.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 01:50 PM

Outstanding, great Idea and execution, will become a family Heirloom, beautiful job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 04-02-2014 02:13 PM

Very very cool ,a great idea.Fantastic build.


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#5 posted 04-02-2014 02:36 PM

Very cool and Maritime approved.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 04-02-2014 02:44 PM

Awesome. You need to make a paddle, so when Nolan gets older he can take the boat on the water.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 04-02-2014 03:33 PM

Awesome work! Can I ask what kind of paint you used for the hull? I have a similar project (rocking boat) and don’t know what paint to use.

-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo

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#8 posted 04-02-2014 04:29 PM

That is just so kewl!!! A boat and a boat lift/hoist. How creative. I know I must have seen something better in my lifetime but I sure can’t remember it. Very, very kewl. Well done sir.

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#9 posted 04-02-2014 06:35 PM

Nolan is very blessed to lay in a cradle crafted by his grandfather.
Great job on detail.

-- jerry

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#10 posted 04-02-2014 08:10 PM

nice work for sure.

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

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#11 posted 04-02-2014 08:18 PM

That is very sweet and looks very nicely finished too.Very well done,so drinks all round or in my case tea all round as I don’t drink myself LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 04-02-2014 10:52 PM

This is a real boat isn’t it? Will it indeed float? I’m sure it will carry Nolan very well on many, many restful journeys. Really nice work. Congratulations on a very fine project and on the grandson as well!!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 04-02-2014 11:42 PM

Awesome wouldn’t describe it. My complements to you for a great job and one that will be passed down to future generations.

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#14 posted 04-03-2014 12:25 AM

Nice job built with large amounts of very obvious love. Congratulations!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#15 posted 04-03-2014 12:54 AM

I built a glider cradle for all of my daughters- but this is incredible! Great work!

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