006 Cradle: Babies first bed
Cradle: Babies First Bed
Babies seem to like being rocked gently this project will certainly help out.
Be prepared when the new bundle of joy arrives. This oak cradle was designed and built on the fly as all of a sudden the grandchild was due and we hadn’t finished. As it turned out we beat the deadline with about 48 hours to spare – no problem.
This first bed was designed to fit a standard crib mattress so there weren’t any surprises when it was installed. The spindles are purchased, as the furniture build is no problem: turning that many identical spindles certainly would be for me. The cradle is easily disassembled for storage as the newborns grow out of them so quickly. It makes a great family keepsake and if your family is anything like mine it will get passed between siblings and their friends.
The mortise and tenon joinery make this a long lasting piece of furniture that will be enjoyed for years to come. There is a locking pin on the end so the cradle can be held stationary when required. Also juniors bed can be removed from the stand quite easily for transportation.
Although the bed will only be used briefly it will become a family heirloom and passed among future generations.