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Thread: Maple & Walnut Heirloom Baby Cradle

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    Maple & Walnut Heirloom Baby Cradle

    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.

    Now without further delay here are a few photos.







    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.

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    WOOOOW!!!!

    that is one sweeet cradle,, you done a very superb job and the specail maple is no.1 you make the flat folks proud! nice mix of walnut and maple and flat spindles are a nice touch and wedge tenons are a nice touch as well.. one fine cradle and i am sure that the little one coming will be too!!!!
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    Wow Dewayne, you hit another one out of the park. That cradle is gorgeous.

    And congrats on the upcoming new arrivals, too.
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    That is beyond beautiful. This is a classic!



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    very nice!
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    Gorgeous Dewayne. I'm sure the little ones will like as much as momma.

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    thankyou sir for posting those pics, excellent craftsmanship.

    congrats on the twins on the way. (2 girls , might be a good time to think about adding a new bathroom so you get a chance to get in there in a few years from now)

    can I ask, from start of cutting to finishing construction, without finishing, what appro amount of time did you invest in one cradle.?(it really is a beautiful thing)
    Last edited by allen levine; 08-31-2008 at 02:52 AM.

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    Thank you all for the comments and complements. I don't think the new arrivals will notice the fine woodwork that cradles them until they see them again when they are used for my Grand children.

    Allen, I would estimate the time invested in this cradle to be about 90 to 120 hours. I worked on this one a few hours a week for several months.

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    You just said it! That is definitely a heirloom piece!!
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    Just like all of your work, beautiful! definately heirloom furnature. Congrats on the twins also. We sill need to see a pic of them together in their cradles

    Tom

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