Doll Cradle

A lovingly crafted doll cradle takes time!

SHOP OWNER: John Curran
LOCATION: Delray Beach, FL

    I built this Doll Cradle for my five-year-old granddaughter that lives in Buffalo, NY and she loves it! I made it from poplar because that is what I had on hand. Unlike adult preferences for stained or natural finishes, young children seem to prefer brighter colors. Therefore, I decided to paint it since poplar takes paint so well. The chosen colors are “Disney Inspired” paints (available at Home Depot): "Pretty in Pink" (DC2A-40-2) for the main body and "Invitation to a Princess" (DC2C--60-4) for the hearts and the insides of the "drilled hole pattern” on the canopy back.
    This is my variation of a plan beginning on Page 60 of a (used) book titled: "Weekend Wood Projects for Toy Makers", by: Jeff Burke, Fiona Neville, Ron Fuller & Dick Garood, published by Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. - New York (ISBN 0-8069-6602-5). All of the main carcass joints are interlocked, and as such, requires some careful assembly, particularly with the dowel rails (another deviation from the book) that I added between the rockers.
Doll Cradle

    I glued all of the joints, and glued and doweled the slats with Titebond II. There are no nails or screws anywhere in this assembly. The heart-shaped pieces (another deviation from the original plan) are made from 3/16" plywood and glued and doweled having two each on the inside of the canopy and one each on the inside of the main body. The hearts coupled with the "extension" of the scalloped portion of the front canopy, which fits inside the upper side rail slats on the main body, requires lifting off the canopy rather than being knocked off by accident or by the rocking action of the cradle.
    Building the cradle required more than a weekend because you cannot hurry love and, as I tell my wife, my body can't cash the checks that my mind is willing to write!

. . . John Curran



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