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Scott Morrison Inspired Cradle

comments (7) December 4th, 2013 in Reader's Gallery

SteveGaskins SteveGaskins, member
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This is my Scott Morrison Inspired Cradle. The cradle is built from Walnut. The top rail is bent lamination and the bottom (platform) of the cradle is made from 12/4 material. The platform joins the top rail via vertical slats. There are 20 vertical slats, each unique depending on the location of the slat. The slats join the top rail and bottom platform by handmade doweled joinery for reinforcement of the joints. I have 265 hours in the build and I purchased a total of 120 BF of 8/4 and 12/4 walnut. This cradle was built for our second grandchild, which arrived in July of 2013. There is a tremendous amount of hand sculpting in the build of this cradle.

Scott does not sell plans to his cradle, but he was extremely helpful in answering questions concerning the build. 

Thanks Scott for the inspiration and assistance.

Design or Plan used: Scott Morrison Inspired Cradle

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Comments (7)

ericlister ericlister writes: To Steve Gaskins -- beautiful rendition of the Morrison piece.

I'm about to tackle it. Can we talk? I'm reachable to set up a call at Thanks!!

Eric Lister
Posted: 2:53 pm on May 15th

DaninSeatlle DaninSeatlle writes: Hello Steve,

I am building a similar cradle for my first granddaughter. This is really challenging. You did a great job. What did you use for the pivot joint between the basket and the legs.

Thanks for helping

Posted: 6:24 am on October 22nd

SteveGaskins SteveGaskins writes: TAW6, I used several tools to sculpt the cradle basket. I did a lot of rough sculpting to the platform before assembling the slats and top rail to have better access to the platform. For this, and the rough sculpting on the cradle basket, I used the red Holey Galahad see-through disc. You can find them at Amazon, Woodcraft, and many other places. This disc is extremely aggressive and it attached to my 4-1/2" Dewalt grinder. From this disc, I used an aggressive sanding pad with around 37 grit or so. Then, I moved to the ROS and stepped up through the grits...60, 80, 100, 150, 220, 320 400, and then 1000, 2000, and 4000 in foam pads. The pads (and paper) were purchased from The pads are Abralon. I also utilized 2 Auriou rasps, which I ordered from Both were 12" (I think), one course and the other fine. These rasps are expensive, but extremely impressive and wonderful to work with.

The cradle stand started with 80 grit after the rasp work and moved up through the grits as with the basket.

Thanks for the comments. Let me know if you have other questions.


Posted: 7:04 pm on December 7th

TAW6 TAW6 writes: Steve, fantastic work...what tools did you use for all that sculpting??
Posted: 9:02 pm on December 6th

jheller jheller writes: beautiful! not a right angle to be seen anywhere!
Posted: 7:14 pm on December 5th

seamusday seamusday writes: Wow! Nuff said!
Posted: 3:19 pm on December 5th

Tom77 Tom77 writes: A stunning achievement! Congratulations on a job extremely well done.

Posted: 8:59 am on December 5th

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