A CRADLE WITH HEART
Accents of purpleheart provide contrast.
SHOP OWNER: John Britz
LOCATION: Watrous,Saskatchewan, Canada
In January of 2004, my nephew and his wife had a bouncing baby boy. They asked me in September of 2003 to build a cradle for them and this is the result. In total, I spent about 80 hours working on it. Construction took about a week and another for finishing.
I used solid oak for most of the cradle. The buttons and center splats are purpleheart, which contrast nicely with the oak. I purchased the applied carvings I used on the bottom spreader and the bolt covers from Lee Valley Tools. The cradle swings on two 5/8" x 1 ¼" long stainless steel bolts with nuts and washers. All construction is either mortise and tenon or biscuit joints.
For the finish, I applied six coats of tung oil rubbed down with #0000 steel wool and 600-grit paper between coats. Before each new coat, I used a tack cloth to remove any dust. I signed and dated it, hoping that someday it will become a family heirloom.. . . John Britz
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