My second cradle for my second born grandchild. When we were told she was expecting I set out to make my stepdaughter a cradle for her first born. I have 4 stepdaughters and a stepson and have started a tradition of making a cradle for each of there first born children. I happen to be on the way to my favorite hardwood supply house and had stopped by the local (big chain) lumber yard for some glue. I just happen to pass by the wood rack where something caught my eye in the maple bin. Curls! upon further investigation i found that the entire rack was composed of curly maple. Not a single piece was left in the store when i got to my truck.. The design is composed of both curly maple and walnut. It represents a butterfly inspired by my stepdaughter's tendency to be flower-child like. The end pieces are of completely curved detail - no straight lines. The inset of walnut is set flush on a rabit. both the maple and the walnut had to be hand cut then hand files and shaped to fit so it remains flush on both sides. Notice also that the rocking leg is opposite at each end. I can almost lay it on it's side and it returns to upright without tipping over. Obviously I am a woodworker that's why the design is cut through the maple not set on the surface. I do believe I heard somewhere if it's easy it's not fun and it doesn't meet the woodworking prerequisite? Oh well. It is assembled with tongue and groove on the side rails and K-D fittings to attach them to the ends and for ease of storing. Although my grand daughter is now five and the cradle has yet to be disassembled. The manager at my local chain store calls us the "outside the box" people.
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- 12/28/2012 See more...