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Walnut Cradle

comments (0) August 2nd, 2013 in Reader's Gallery

dstenson dstenson, member
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I built this project for our first child, due in about 5 1/2 months. That makes this the first project I've ever completed before it was needed :).I googled and searched LumberJocks for cradle designs, although they are all very similar at their core, the varieties in the design and details were a little overwhelming at first.I finally settled on the gentle curves you see here and just a simple heart design at the head.

Much inspiration from Randy and Al Navas.

I opted not to try my hand at hopper dovetails, and just angled the two sides out at 10 degrees.Walnut with a bit of Douglas Fir for the hearts. The base is screwed on and the rockers are attached with cleats.Simple Danish Oil finish.

It about 36" long, 16" wide at the base and about 20" tall at the head. The curve of the rockers matches the head curve (roughly a 21.5" radius).

All together I spent about 50 hours on this, spread over 5 weeks.


Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, dovetails, walnut, dovetail, rocker, cradle


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