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Forum topic by Stanley Coker posted 02-06-2010 01:53 PM 4112 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley Coker

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02-06-2010 01:53 PM

I have just completed a baby cradle for my sister. This is the second one that I have made for family members. The one I have just completed has a TERRIBLE squeak just on one end when you swing the cradle. I have made the cradle to where it cannot be taken apart. I am going to attempt to squirt some silicone into the area where it is squeaking, hoping that it will work in. It is such a tight fit I am not sure if the silicone will be able to work in.
The cradle turned out great, I guess they could use the cradle in the locked position all the time. Does anyone have any suggestions.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 05:31 PM

Paraffin wax might help, if you could find a way to work in the tight spot.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 06:01 PM

Try “Pledge” furniture polish.

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 06:12 PM

stanley, try standing on end and apply generous amounts of murhy’s orange oil to the pivot. By the way I really like all your projects, do you have a picture of this cradle?

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 06:16 PM

Silicone should work, if you can get it down into the part. If you have the small tube that usually comes with silicone it will pin-point the spray better. If there is a way to position the cradle so the silicone will run down in to the parts it would help. It’s pretty thin, so it should run easily.

Any kind of wax would work if you could disassemble it, but I don’t know how you could get it where you need it at this point.


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#5 posted 02-06-2010 06:45 PM

All of the above and I will add bees wax…

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 08:14 PM

Just spray some Pam(the none stick cooking aid) at the joint. You might have to repeat.


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#7 posted 02-06-2010 10:03 PM

Silicone has a habit of staying where it is put. Youi might go to a gun shop and get some in a syringe with a pints tip to squirt in there.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Stanley Coker

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 02:43 PM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I do think okwoodshop suggestion of turning the cradle on it’s end so set the oil work down into the pivot. I may try this first, I will have to make sure I have enough support on the other end of the cardle so it will not put too much stress on the other pivot.
I will try to get some pictures posted soon.
Again thanks everyone.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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