Based on a classic early-American design, this clever do-it-yourself rocker cradle project is destined to become a family heirloom. Combining a cozy cradle for baby and a comfortable rocking chair for mom or dad, the project will be appreciated by generations of parents (and grandparents) to come — especially after midnight.
The rocker cradle's simple construction (mostly straight cuts and full-size patterns for the curves) make it easy enough for most woodworkers. Required materials include dimensional oak lumber (as pictured; most other species will work), dowels, ready-made finials, screws, glue and finish.
To build, simply trace the parts onto wood (some edge-joining of stock is required), cut everything out and sand. Next, assemble the pieces using glue, screws and dowels. To complete, apply finish of choice and add a pad inside the cradle.
The rocker cradle measures about 51 inches long by 18 inches wide by 45 inches tall (at the back of the chair).
The Rocker Cradle plan, No. 644, is $8.95 and includes step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.
A package of cradle projects, No. C32, is $24.95 and includes this plan and three others.
Include $4 for postage and handling on all orders and allow about two weeks for delivery.
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