Furniture Making

Making a Child's Doll Cradle

We all get different kinds of satisfaction from all sorts of different projects. For me, utility projects and furniture have the most appeal but once in a while I like to make things for other members of the family too. In this case, a young niece. Another member of the family hand made a doll's quilt, so to make a complete package a doll was purchased and of course some sort of a bed is needed, so why not a cradled.

Since this is a child's toy I wanted something that would not be too heavy to carry around, yet sturdy and of course easy to clean. The wood I selected was some rough cut Cedar of Lebanon that was well below 12% on the moisture scale. I knew at the outset that this cradle was going to be painted (not by me, I hate covering wood with paint) so I was not so concerned about how the colors of the wood matched up.

As usual, this was a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants project, which means I wasn't working from a formal pattern, so I needed something to work with. I started by measuring the hand made quilt and from that could determine a base for the cradle which would be around 9 by 20 inches on the base and 10 inches in height.

The first order of business is to size the wood which means breaking down the rough cut wood on the jointer, then the planner then the bandsaw and finally back to the planner .... I always love dressing lumber because it's just like a ...

Incredible Carved Winged Lion End Table

Every once in a while you come across a woodworking project that makes you say WOW! This end-table created by Dennis Zongker is just one of those pieces.

Carved End Table

End Table

It took Dennis around 1100 hours to complete this piece and you can see the craftsmanship and time really shows. You can find out more about Dennis Zongker at his site:

The Fletcher Capstan (Kaleidoscope Style) Table

This is a truly incredible table design that comes in both manual and powered versions.

The Fletcher Capstan Table (Created by DB Fletcher) can double its seating capacity with just a quick turn, going from a six seats to twelve seats. The best part of this design is there is no leafs to add, everything is self-contained.

Clock Plans

With the home remodling and revitalization effects still taking place in North America, nice looking, quality items are STILL in demand. Clocks are the one thing that are unique and can add a special "richness" to a home that most other pieces of furniture cannot compete with. For the woodworker, making a clock is fun, rewarding experience and for those inclinced, there is even a market for making them in small quantities for a bit of extra spending money (like for more tools .... )
It is difficult to beat the old look of a "Schoolhouse" or "Rail  Road" Clock, or even an Grandfather Clock to enhance the look and charm of a home. 

With a little bit or oak, a clock mechanism and wee bit of time, some very elegant time pieces can be turned out of even the most rudimentary workshop.



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