Childs Toy Pendulum Cradle
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Shape the Parts
Shape the Parts
First up: the cradle parts
- Edge-join enough 3/4"-thick stock to form an 11x27" blank for the ends (A). Then, plane the blank to 1/2" thick, and crosscut it to form two 11 x 13" blanks.
- From 1/4" hardboard, cut an 11 x 13" blank to form a template for the end pieces. Make two photocopies of the end full-size half-pattern in the Free Downloadable Plans. Trim the patterns to shape. Turn one half-pattern over, and align and tape it to the other half-pattern to make a complete end pattern. Using a nail or an awl, punch a small hole through the pattern at the centerpoints for the four 3/8" counterbores and for the 3/4" hole at the top. Adhere the pattern to the template with spray adhesive. Bandsaw and sand the template to shape. Then, drill 1/8" holes through the template at the punched-hole locations.
- Place the template on the outside face of one of the 11x13" blanks with the bottom edges aligned, and transfer the shape to the blank. Also, insert a nail or an awl into each of the 1/8" holes in the template and mark the hole centerpoints on the blank. Now, mark the other blank.
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