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Childs Toy Pendulum Cradle

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Assemble the Pieces
Clamping end while drilling
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Position the sides (B) 1/4" back from
the edges of the ends (A) by placing
1/4"-thick spacers between the
clamp's bar and the sides at
both ends.

Assemble the Pieces

Assemble the cradle
  1. From a 3/4"-diameter dowel, cut two pieces 1 1/4" long. Glue a dowel into the top hole in each end piece (A).
  2. Dry-assemble (no glue) the end pieces, the sides (B), and the bottom (C), as shown in photo. Using a 3/8" Forstner bit, drill counterbores 1/4" deep at the marked locations on the ends (A). Drill pilot and countersunk shank holes centered in the counterbores, where shown on Drawing 1. Then, drive in the screws.
  3. Using a 3/8" plug cutter, cut 12 plugs 3/8" long from leftover material. (Match wood color and grain if you plan to stain your project. For best appearance, align the plugs' grain with that of the surrounding wood.) Set four plugs aside. Glue the remaining plugs in the counterbores. With the glue dry (it's best to let it dry overnight), sand the plugs flush.

Continued on page 5:  Now for the Frame



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