How Do You Make a Wood Cradle?


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Make a simple wooden cradle by attaching a headboard, footboard, two sides and a bottom to two rockers. Basic woodworking tools and skills are required to complete this project, which can easily be done in a day or two.

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How Do You Make a Wood Cradle?
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Before beginning construction of the cradle, determine the cradle's desired dimensions and sketch a design. If you are uncertain of the size, examine similar products being sold online or in local stores, and use these cradles as models for your own design.

Once the design is complete, trace it onto wood panels. Using a jigsaw, cut out the seven main pieces for the cradle. Attach the sides to the headboard and footboard with wood glue and screws. Countersink the screws, then fill the holes with wood plugs. For the bottom, secure strips of wood along the bottom edges with wood glue and screws, then insert the bottom panel from the inside of the cradle. Screw the panel to the support strips.

For the each of rockers, predrill and countersink two holes. Apply a bead of glue to the top the rockers, then secure them to the bottom with screws.

Once the cradle is assembled, it can be painted or stained as desired.

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