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Due to my Step daughter making me a Grandpa recently (April-08) the completion of the workshop has been put on hold one more time as this project has taken up any spare time I had.

I built the cradle from Black walnut and finished it with ½ a dozen coats of a satin wipe on polly, Because of the beauty of walnut no stain was used. I was very pleased with how the finish turned out. My wife Gail found some time to sew the little mattress for the cradle.

Mother and baby were all very happy.

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I am sure that they would be happy with this. It is a gorgeous cradle. This is an heirloom cradle that will be used for many years. It is nice to see both you and your wife teaming up on this project.

Well done (both of you, of course).
 

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Hopefully destined to become a heirloom. You can't go wrong with walnut. I like the design too. Well done.
 

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Excellent work; that is a very nice cradle. The fit and finish are outstanding!

Also, Congrats!
 

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well done. You did a very good job on the spindles. Did you bend them or cut them out of a piece of wood ?
 

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Great Job. Nice muti purpose design.
 

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Very cool. I love Walnut.
 

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Great looking cradle. I wish I had made one for my daughter.
 

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Excellent work, I especially like the shaping of the spars on the side of the cradle!
 

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Very nicely done. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom
 

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This is an absolutely gorgeous cradle that will be family pride for many generations. Nice job.
 

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Thanks for the kind comments and here are some answers for a few of the questions, I should probably include them in the description.
I found the design on the internet somewhere some time ago and liked it so much I downloaded it. So I cannot take credit for the Design. The spindles were not bent. I found a nice piece of flat sawn walnut and cut and sanded each one, I should have made a template and used a router. The grain than runs straight up the ribs so they are good and strong.
 

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WoodChucker,
Beautiful cradle, I just now discovered it! The walnut is gorgeous,and I really like the rockers on the bottom of the cradle, allowing it to be used at two different heighths. The fitting and finish are just superb. Did I understand that each spindle was cut individually? I'm assuming that they're tennoned into mortises in the rails? That must have been one more chore making all of them individually. I'm going to have to make something with curved spindles such as that for something soon, some designs just inspire you sometimes and those curved spindles really got my attention. Congratulations on a very well executed, build.
Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis
 

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that is a very nice cradle.Excellent work
 

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Love your Cradle. I just purchased the plan and will be building it over the summer. Any tips?
 
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