I was hoping to make this for my next child, but the wife and I decided that Alyson should be an only child. Well at least biological. We are still forging ahead with Foster Parenting (the process takes 6 months). So I won't be building this idea for a cradle...
I was thinking of building a heart shaped cradle. The Heart shape would enable the crib to be placed into a corner of the nursery, and hearts and babies just go together. I was going to go so far as to make the vertical slats in heart shapes too, and put those through the top rail via Lovetail mortise and tenons.
Of course you got some serious challenges ahead of you...and the new parents as well. The mattress would have to be custom made which is easy enough granted, but fitted sheets for a heart shaped cribs might be tough to find. Luckily I live near the coast where there is a pile of yachts and their custom shaped beds. I was going to get a local company that makes custom fitted sheets for these yachts to make up a bunch for me if I did make this cradle.
I thought this cradle through so well that I actually approached the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I was going to donate it to one of their auctions or something..hoping the high profile charity could get some serious money for such a hard fought project and at the same time, be done for a great charity. But its been a month and there has been no word, so I guess they think I'm crazy. I'll let you decide, but its definately an outside-the-box-type-of-idea for children's furniture.
Last edited by Travis Johnson; 02-18-2008 at 11:15 PM.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"