Free standing cradle

This is a free standing cradle I made.  My family tends to have large babies, being a charter member of the bigger is better club, I have no problem building large.

I went online and bought a mattress and then designed everything around the dimensions of the mattress. 

The cradle itself started out as four quarter maple.  Fortunately it was almost flat when I brought it home.  Just a couple passes across the jointer and it was flat.  I ran the wood through the thickness planer and got everything the same thickness. 

Next I ripped the pieces on the table saw and put the frame together. 

The bottom parts are joined using butt joints that are glued and screwed together on the ends. 

The top rails are joined with half lap joints on the corners.  I know  many pieces use mitered corners but a half lap joint gives a lot more gluing surface and I was going for strength here.

I did cheat on the spindles.  Woodcraft had a special running and as I did the math, it was an easy choice.  Spend the next month turning 40 spindles on the lathe, or pick up four packs of maple spindles that were ready to go.


The frame is made from Lyptis wood.  I wanted cherry, but eight quarter cherry wasn’t in stock.  And there is a big difference in price. 


It’s been over 44 years since I saw a color and the guys at the store must be glad to see me leave at times.  All my questions about shades and tones and contrast.  Lyptis looks a lot like mahogany and I remember that look.  Maple being almost white I thought it would look different enough to be interesting.


A couple things I learned from working with Lyptis wood.  It splinters quite easily when machining and you need sharp tools to work well with it. Unfortunately, Lyptis wood will dull tools rather quickly.


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