Project of the Week: Classic cradle soothes baby, parents

If you're a do-it-yourselfer with a child (or grandchild) on the way, this country cradle project is a great way to prepare for the newest member of the family.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: October 8, 2012
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When it comes to soothing a crying baby it seems like everyone has a suggestion — from a ticking clock, to a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, to a ride in the car. The funny thing, of course, is that nothing puts a baby to sleep better than a gently rocking cradle, the “old fashioned” solution.

If you're a do-it-yourselfer with a child (or grandchild) on the way, this country cradle project is a great way to prepare for the newest member of the family. It's easy to build, its classic styling will make it the next family heirloom and, most importantly, it helps the baby (and mom and dad) get some sleep.

Almost all of the project's pieces are traced from full-size patterns on a single, 1-by-12 pine board. Construction is simple — trace the pieces onto wood, cut everything out, sand and assemble the cradle box and base section separately. Once these subassemblies are complete, apply finish of choice and suspend the cradle box from the upright posts.

The assembled project measures 41-inches long by 30-inches tall by 22-inches wide.

The Country Cradle plan, No. 599, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a complete shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for questions.

A package of cradle plans, No. C32, is $24.95 and includes plans for this cradle and three others. Please include $4 per order for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at u-bild.com.