What Are Some Patterns for Building Wooden Baby Cradles?


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Plans for building a rocking baby cradle, heirloom cradle, swinging cradle and classic wooden baby cradle are available at CraftsmanSpace.com, ShopsmithHandsOn.com and LeesWoodProjects.com. These wooden baby cradle plans are available for free as of 2015.

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LeesWoodProjects.com features plans for a classic wooden baby cradle with spindle sides and a straight, elevated bottom. Red oak or birch are recommended hardwoods for this cradle, and the plans specify oak wood. The materials list for this cradle details quantity, sizes and names of each piece required to assemble the cradle. An illustrated diagram shows how to connect lettered pieces. For instance, letters A and B are assigned to the headboard and footboard, while letters C and D indicate left and right stiles.

The heirloom style wooden cradle features solid sides and a canopy above the head area. The cradle sits on twin treadle bars that are operated by foot. Wood pieces for this project include a headboard, footboard, side boards and base. Flathead wood screws and glue connect sections together. Traditional wooden rocking cradle designs feature curved rocker bottoms or a pendulum swing mechanism.

One old-fashioned cradle design features carved hearts and stenciled flowers in the headboard and footboard. Spindles on both sides make it easy to see the baby. The elevated rocking cradle has solid sides and includes a basket locking pin.

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