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This is the twelfth cradle I have made but the first for my family. It is in Quartersawn Cherry with Brazilian Rosewood dowels and plugs. The unique thing (I think) is that I use a Pillow Block Insert Bearing as the rocking mechanism. There is very little friction with this ball bearing unit and it will rock very easily and for an extended period.
Pillow Block Insert Bearing
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Just admiring your beautiful cradle as I am going to become a Grandad early next year I wonder could you give me the dimensions of Lily's cradle as I would love to make one similar ...Many thanks Tom
Thanks for the information on the bearings. You're right, I'm a grandpa and I have made one, but with a different swing action than yours. The next one I make will have bearings like you used on your cradle.
Again, thanks for the information.
I actually had my bearings from previous projects. There is one site I found, "thebig bearingstore.com" that has what looks like the bearing I used, an SB205-16 1" insert bearing. This works well as you can use a 1" dowel to attach the bearing tp the cradle piece. If you are in a metro area, you should also be able to find them at a company that sells bearings and such things. That is where I got mine. Good luck and thanks for the comment. Every grandpa should make one.
Your cradle is beautiful! Do you have a website for the bearing?
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