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Lauren's Cradle

This was my first woodworking project, a cradle for my daughter Lauren. Lots of little flaws, and it certainly took me long enough to finish, but I think it turned out nicely. Even as Lauren grows older, she enjoys using it to store her toys.

Video of Lauren playing in the cradle at 8 months old.

Detailed plans and step-by-step instructions are available in the book New Yankee Workshop: Kid's Stuff, and a video is availabe on NewYankee.com. Note: don't buy the plans from NewYankee.com - you can get the entire book for less than the cost of the cradle plans, and I have been told that the plans are not as detailed as the book.




The following books were invaluable:

Book cover
New Yankee Workshop: Kid's Stuff

Good book with plans and detailed instructions for various projects. Includes the plans for this cradle.

Woodworking With the Router: Professional Router Techniques and Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use
Excellent book, helped me make a jig for the box joinery on the cradle.


A few of the tools used for this project:

Jet JWTS-10JF 10" Table Saw

Porter-Cable 693LRPK 1-3/4 HP Fixed Router and Plunge Base Kit

Bosch 1587AVSK Top-Handle Jigsaw

DeWalt DW734 Heavy Duty 12-1/2" Thickness Planer

Freud Round Over Bit Set

Freud 1/2" Straight Bit


Some equipment I wish I had for this project:


Band Saw

Spindle Sander

Dust Collector

Patrick Fitzgerald

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