Building a Cradle
Slab construction and heart-shaped dovetails
Synopsis: Jacques Berger designed a cradle for a friend and joined it with what he called “lovetails,” or heart-shaped dovetails. It’s basically an open box made with simple slab construction, using flat boards sawn to shape. He explains his design process – how to make the piece lightweight and with proper dimensions. He also talks about determining the radius for the rockers, for gentle rocking without tipping. He used Brazilian mahogany but recommends a lighter color wood. He explains how he worked the corner joinery and how to assemble it. Side information shows his experimentation with dovetails to get a more interesting look.
My good friend was expecting a baby and I decided to build a cradle for the new arrival. The cradle I designed and built, shown below, is basically an open box made with simple slab construction, using flat boards sawn to shape. The cradle’s corner joints needed…