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I just completed this cradle for my first (hopefully of many) grandchild. As a woodworker, I would describe myself at the low end of intermediate, and this was a bit of a challenge, but not too bad. The plans were a bit confusing in some parts, but I chalk that up to my inexperience. However, if you take it slow, and use your head, it all makes sense. It took me roughly 50 hours to build, and I think it turned out quite nice!
Some woodworking plans are hard to follow and at times don't make sense. These plans however are perfect, easy to understand and follow. I veered off with the type of wood used and replaced the dowels that show through with solid brass. Couldnt be more happy with the way it turned out! I did however come across one problem, I don't know if I just couldnt find it, but there's no measurement on how high you should start the bottom runner, it gives the locations of the dowels from the foot but not where to have the runner start if that makes sense. Either way, not a huge problem as I just went a 1/2" from the foot to the bottom of the runner and it worked out.
<p>Plans are well written. I have made 6-8 of these for friends and relatives.</p><p>Recipients are always pleased and the cradles will be passed down to future generations. Build requires intermediate skills and usually take 25-30 hours in the shop.</p>
I've built several of these over the last 25+ years, some in oak, some in cherry, some straight slats, some turned spindles. All were much appreciated by the recipient and a couple are in use for the second generation!
I am currently working on it. It is a bit of a challenge to me as I usually don't make things with such small pieces. I have some beautiful cherry wood I am using and look forward to the completed project.