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    Toy cradle

    My parents found a toy cradle for free at a garage sale. It was free because it was missing the base. They figured it would be easy enough for me to make a base & then my daughter would have a cradle for her dolls.

    Since my 4-year old daughter isn't going to point out the flaws in my work I decided to go way out of my comfort zone and try several things I've never done before:

    - started with completely rough lumber
    - first time using through tennons
    - first time using wood dyes instead of stain
    - I had never done any sort of carving before
    - mixed up my own shellac from flakes for the finish

    If I had it to do again, there are some things I'd do differently the next time around. But I take the hug & kiss I got from my daughter as proof that is good enough for her.

    -Matt
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    Very good job and isn't it nice when the client pays you so well.
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    Excellent! Very nice job!
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    Sweet job on the cradle Matt hugs and kisses from your little one is the best form of payment possible

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    That looks great. fantastic job on the carving
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    Looks great, Matt. That's a perfect project to expand your experience with, too.
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    Matt, don't blink because that could soon hold a grandbaby for real! It happens in a flash! That is a fantastic find/save/build. Kisses from happy kids, worth all the gold in California!!
    Jon

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    Great job carving the hearts! Looks wonderful!
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    Wow, any little girl would be pleased with that.
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    Great job Matt. I like the carving too. Nice finish as well.
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