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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Orange Park Florida

    Glider cradle

    It's been a while since I've drifted in here. Time to get back to woodworking, I guess. This is an ash & cherry glider cradle I recently made for an upcoming grandson. I started by ordering a set of cradle plans off the web. I did that to get an idea of the basic structure & dimensions for the project. I then designed the finished item to utilize some ash from a downed tree on our property & cherry for a contrast in tone.
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    I wanted it to have a distinctive look to it with the two types of wood, but I designed it with a simple, straight forward style that would not clash with any furniture style my son might later add to the room. The ends are frame & panel construction.
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    & the sides utilize loose tenons.
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    A friend offered his Festool domino for the ladder side joinery & I do like loose tenon joining, but really can't justify the cost of that tool. I've since made a jig for one of my Shopsmiths that works almost as fast using an upcut router bit. The glider hardware is available from several web sources. I used Original Waterlox as the finish & it is now my new favorite for ease of use and look.
    (Looks like I have some duplication in the photos, I'll have to figure out how to avoid that in the future...still getting the hang of posting stuff)
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    Last edited by Tom Muellner; 05-21-2013 at 07:37 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very nice, Tom. Glad to see you've been back in the shop.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Unusual choice of wood and design but it works perfectly. Great job
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    beautiful piece, I love waterlox to finish cherry. I usually put 3-4 coats of original, and then one or two coats of a gloss.
    Human Test Dummy

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    nice cradle,, now that mens you got more training to do for the grand kids
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