Sanded my cradle slats too narrow.

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Forum topic by wolfhound1 posted 09-11-2013 07:27 AM 1105 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2013 07:27 AM

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I’ve been trying to follow a pendulum cradle plan made from Ash and I ended up with my slats too narrow for the rails. Just enough to be loose. The plan calls for spacers in between each slat, which fit well. My question: Is there a decent way to secure the slats while maintaining a tight finished look? OR should I just make new slats?

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 12:13 PM


-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 12:21 PM

off the top of my head you could try:
1. epoxy or another gap filling adhesive
2. wrap the top and bottom of the slats w/ veneer and re-fit
2a. try putting the veneer in the grooves (or fill the grooves completely) and re-mill the slots to match the slats. (I had to do this for a bookshelf that I made) Sometimes you can put wood back.
3. leave them alone and let them wiggle as long as the slats are not a structural component, stay in place and wont fall out when the little one kicks them.

good luck

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 06:49 AM

I had enough ash left over to make 2 new bottom rails. If I tack the slats in the top rail with hot glue I think I can hide any gaps visible from underneath. Besides, I don’t think the kid will complain until I’ve taught him enough to critique fine woodworking. Thanks all for the advice.

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