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Childs Toy Pendulum Cradle

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Time for a Finish
Parts being drilled together
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With the stretcher (G) supported on
the spacers and clamped between the
support assemblies, drill pilot
holes into the stretchers, and drive in
the screws.
Cradle being hooked up to stand
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Apply paraffin wax to the cradle dowels;
then install the cradle between
the supports. Clamp the cradle to the
support at one end to ease assembly
at the opposite end.
Materials list
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Various boards
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Time for a Finish

Assemble and apply the finish
  1. Mark a centerline on the top edge of the stretcher (G) at both ends, and mark a centerline with the grain on the inside face of the supports (E).
  2. From scrap, cut two 7/8"-thick spacers 6" long for positioning the stretcher against the supports.
  3. With the stretcher supported by the spacers at each end, clamp the support assemblies (E/F) to the stretcher, as shown in photo above right, aligning the stretcher and support centerlines. Now, in the center of the counterbores in the supports, drill pilot and countersunk shank holes for the mounting screws to the depth shown on Drawing 1, and drive in the screws. Sand the assembled frame to 220 grit, and remove the dust.
  4. Remove the screws from one support assembly, and separate it from the frame. Check the fit of the dowels in the cradle ends (A) with the hole in the spacer (D) on the removed support. Sand the dowels as necessary so they rotate freely in the spacer but are not loose. With the free end of the stretcher supported by a 7/8"-thick spacer, install the cradle in the frame, as shown in photo below right. Then, drive in the screws to reattach the removed support assembly. Finally, glue the four plugs that you set aside earlier into the counterbores in the supports. Let the glue dry overnight, then sand the plugs flush.
  5. Check the doll cradle for any roughness and sharp edges, then sand any areas that need it. Remove the dust. To finish the cherry doll cradle, apply a stain followed by two coats of a clear finish, sanding to 320 grit between coats. (We used Minwax Cherrywood Gel Stain and aerosol polyurethane.)
  6. To finish the pine doll cradle, apply two coats of primer, sanding between coats to 220 grit. Then apply two coats of a paint of your choice. (We used Glidden's interior latex flat paint, color Seed Pearl.)


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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