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    So my best friend is having a baby...

    Just go the news that my best friend of 20 years + and his wife have a bun in the oven These guys are like family to me, so I want to do something a little extra special for them. Coincidentally, all my wood tools are out sooo... I think I'm going to build them a cradle and matching rocking chair
    This should nicely fill out the down time between guitar building sessions with the kids.

    I'm super excited!

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    great news- congratulations to them!

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    Your gifts could become family heirlooms.
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doublewah View Post
    Your gifts could become family heirlooms.
    I certainly hope so

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    Sounds like a great gift idea, Mike. When you're done, be sure to post a picture in the Hot Cradle-Modders section, which has been a little quiet, lol.

    It's great that you're finding a reason to have your tools out of storage too!
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    Congrats to your friends--babies are cool.
    Cool idea for the gift--not so cool if it were me though...
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    So, I'm about 90% done this thing, and the baby's due Oct 5.

    I figured some pics are due...


    Starting out, we have 1"x6" red oak that will be milled and finished to 3/4"



    Laminating the shelf together. The same method was used to laminate the legs (later)



    This stock is going to be used to make the slats (making the slats was probably my favorite part)



    Placing a stop block on the sled to ensure each piece is exactly the same length
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    Now to slice each piece width wise. This yields 2 slats approx 5/16" thick from each 3/4" piece. I quickly realized it would have been easier to to this step prior to cutting them to length



    Again using the sled and stop block technique to ensure uniformity, I cut the tenons for the slats. Then a quick pass with the router to round them over.



    A shot showing every piece that will be used for the build.

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    Using a router, I cut all the mortises for the slats


    Perfect fit




    And one last final touch before assembly... A monogram of their last name initial.
    The inlay is made of birch, with the grain pattern perpendicular to the oak to really make it stand out.
    This is for the headboard side of the cradle


    ... and that's where I'm at now

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    Going to be a heck of a crib!

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