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Childs Toy Pendulum Cradle

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Now for the Frame
Drawing marked with F
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Marking template with pen
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With the profile template positioned
on the inside face of a support (E)
and aligned with the rabbet's top
edge,mark the profile on the

Now for the Frame

Make the support frame
  1. From 1/2"-thick stock, use a circle cutter to cut two 1 1/2"-diameter discs for the spacers (D). Clamp a disc, with a backer board underneath, in a handscrew or drill-press vise. Centering on the circle cutter's pilot hole, drill a 3/4" hole through the spacer. Repeat for the other spacer. Then, sand the spacers and set them aside.
  2. Cut the supports (E), feet (F), and stretcher (G) to size. Cut a 2" dado 3/8" deep on the outside face of the feet and a mating 1 3/4" rabbet 3/8" deep on the inside face of the supports, where shown on Drawing 1, to form a lap joint between the parts.
  3. Referring to Drawing 2, lay out the 1" radii at the top ends of the feet (F) and the 1/4" cutout at the bottom. Bandsaw the feet to shape, and sand smooth.
  4. Refer to Drawing 1 for the location of the profile on the supports (E). Then, mark the profile at the bottom of a support on its inside face, as shown in photo. Reposition the template at the top of the support on its inside face with the rounded top end of the template flush with the support's end. Mark the complete template contour on the support. Also, insert a nail or an awl through the 1/8" hole in the template, and mark the centerpoint for a 3/4" hole to receive the cradle dowel. Draw lines to connect the contours along both edges of the support. Mark the other support.
  5. Bandsaw and sand the two supports (E) to shape. Using a 3/4" Forstner bit, drill a 1/2"-deep hole at the marked location on each part.
  6. Using the template, mark the profile on both ends of the stretcher (G) along both edges, where shown on Drawing 1.
  7. Draw lines to join the profiles; then bandsaw and sand to shape. Rout 1/4" round-overs along the top and bottom edges of the stretcher, where shown.
  8. Glue and clamp the supports (E) to the feet (F). With the glue dry, rout 1/4" round-overs along the top edges of the assemblies and on the cutout area at the bottom of the feet, where shown. Using a 3/8" Forstner bit, drill 1/4"-deep counterbores on the outside face of the supports, where shown. Do not drill the countersunk shank holes in the counterbores until indicated.
  9. Cut two 1 1/2"-long pieces from a 3/4" dowel. Insert a dowel (no glue) into the hole in the top of each support. Now, glue and clamp the spacers (D) to the supports, centering them on the dowels. Remove the dowels.

Continued on page 6:  Time for a Finish


Comments (18)
Marlen_at_WOOD wrote:

As a convenience to allow you to view this free woodworking plan before downloading it, we now offer a page-by-page review. If you like the plan, you'll find a Click here for a free downloadable plan link on the last page of the plan. The downloadable plan will have larger, easier to view illustrations than the online preview.

5/24/2012 08:13:22 AM Report Abuse
jurey2 wrote:

You go to the last page and download from the "download free" link

2/21/2012 12:18:06 AM Report Abuse
tamanno2905170 wrote:

A&CFiend - Thank you sooo much. I really wanted to make this for my granddaughters doll. God bless

12/25/2010 08:53:12 PM Report Abuse
gatto.uae wrote:

Nice one

12/24/2010 03:02:21 PM Report Abuse wrote:

I made this cradle for my grandaughter for Christmas. I thought the plans were pretty good and easy to build. I used several MDF templates and a pattern bit in my router to make things the smae. Here's a picture of the finished cradle complete with some Marquetry I made for it.

12/23/2010 10:22:21 AM Report Abuse
andyleec49 wrote:

Very easy to download. You made a grandpa happy and happyer grand-daughters. Thanks again.

10/30/2010 01:57:45 PM Report Abuse
decan wrote:

Went to the last page "Time for a finish" and clicked on: click here for free downloadable plan, and it worked just fine, took all of 5 seconds! Thank You

10/7/2010 08:28:13 AM Report Abuse
bfisher wrote:

took about two minutes to download and print, never have had issues when I follow the directions and my job has firewalls and all kinds of blocks, thanks Wood, ssg fisher

9/30/2010 03:18:40 PM Report Abuse
roninkc wrote:

Go to the last page of the instructions (Time to Finish)you will find a link to the plans there.

9/30/2010 12:18:49 PM Report Abuse
binkys.woodworking wrote:

Plans down loaded fine, with my PC! Good project for Christmas!

9/23/2010 05:25:30 PM Report Abuse
blackdaan wrote:

Downloads just fine. You must go to the LAST PAGE and below the finishing section you will find in blue the "click here for free downloadable plan". If you have a windows operating system click on that with the RIGHT button and tell it so save link as... change the file name if you wish but alwasy end it with .pdf. You must have Adobe reader installed. It's free at Dan

9/18/2010 10:39:32 AM Report Abuse
mikeshu60 wrote:

I couldn't d/l it either until I opened the file and then saved it. Now I have it. thanks

9/16/2010 06:02:15 PM Report Abuse
Marlen_at_WOOD wrote:

If you're having trouble with the download use the link in the copy above: Need help downloading plans? For step-by-step instructions, use the link below. The links and downloads work on our end. Each free monthly plan is downloaded between 12,000 and 20,000 times per month. Hate to say it, but if there's a problem with the download, it's something on your end. Marlen @ WOOD Step-by-step instructions

9/15/2010 08:17:48 AM Report Abuse
M&MClark wrote:

Just so all of you know, I have never had any trouble finding or downloading any of Wood Magizine's plans. This is great!! Keep up the great work Marlen. Mike

9/13/2010 08:53:16 PM Report Abuse
debrown3735356 wrote:

Nice Plan thanks. I had no problems downloading the plan either. Keep up the great work. My great grandaughter is going to love it.

9/3/2010 09:15:34 PM Report Abuse
Marlen_at_WOOD wrote:

As stated above: As a convenience to allow you to view this free woodworking plan before downloading it, we now offer a page-by-page review. If you like the plan, you'll find a Click here for a free downloadable plan link on the last page of the plan. The downloadable plan will have larger, easier to view illustrations than the online preview.

9/2/2010 03:29:47 PM Report Abuse
louis.mulder1 wrote:

This is very nice,one can even upscale the measurements for a real baby,gives me an idea,because in South Africa this type of furniture is very scarce,i might just decide to use it in this way,thanks much for this,i shall wait till the download is in order

9/2/2010 10:49:51 AM Report Abuse
Alan1964 wrote:

I downloaded the plan fine but, you have to view all pages first and download from the last page.

9/2/2010 10:44:08 AM Report Abuse

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