Oak Cradle

A GODFATHER'S GIFT
Appliqués and grain pattern enhance the look of this project.

SHOP OWNER: John Britz
LOCATION: Watrous,Saskatchewan,Canada

    I made this cradle for my nephew, Joel, and his wife, Tracy. They are expecting their first child soon. Since I am Joel’s godfather, I thought I would make him something very special. I'm hoping this will be a family heirloom, and will get handed down for many years to come.
Oak Appliqué

    The cradle is made of oak, with brass bolt covers and oak appliqués. For the basket bottom I used laminated knotty pine. The brass bolt covers and appliqués were bought at Lee Valley Tools, and the oak spindles came from Bear Woods Supply.
Breadboard Panels

    I thought I'd get fancy with the headboard and footboard by adding breadboard ends to the panels.
Finished Cradle

    Done in a natural finish, I applied six coats of Minwax Tung Oil, which highlighted the look of the beautiful grain.

. . . John Britz


 
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