NOV/DEC 2005
Volume 48
Issue 6
Project Articles
Pendulum Cradle
Candle Stand
Pull-Along Dog / Salt and Pepper Shakers
Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
Academy Notes
Turning Laminate Bowls
Service Pointers
Troubleshooting Table
What's New
Shopsmith Router Arm
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Hands On
The Swinging Cradle
A wonderful heirloom-quality project that keeps on giving

One of the greatest joys in woodworking is to watch as the project you’ve made for someone is
used and appreciated. This Pendulum Cradle will not only give you these pleasures, but will continue to be used and appreciated for generations to come. And, since this is true, you can consider it to be a true heirloom – a part of you that’s destined to be around well into this century…and perhaps even the next.

Designed with simple, classic lines, the construction of this Cradle is very basic…and its joinery quite durable. Its most notable features include wide feet to prevent tipping, a locking pin on the basket, and knock-out wedges that allow you to break down the Cradle into just a few compact parts for easy storage and/or transport.

1: Glue up the stock where necessary, according to the List of Materials. A set of Double Bar Clamps will help you keep everything true while the glue sets. Use a portable belt sander to smooth the surfaces of the glued-up sections.

2: Transfer the patterns onto all of the parts that are to have contoured edges (A,B,C,D,E, & F). Mark the locations of the pivot holes in the headboard (E) and footboard (F). Do not cut out any of the contours yet.

3: Cut the mortises in the feet (A), posts (B) and stretcher (C) with the Hollow Chisel Mortising Attachment . If you don’t have a Mortising Attachment, start with a 3/4" Router Bit…or drill several holes in a line, then clean out the ends with a wood chisel.

4: Cut the tenons on the bottoms of the posts (B) and ends of the stretcher (C), using your Dado set-up Dado Set Up or an ordinary saw blade with a Tenoning Jig.

Once you’ve cut your tenons, round the ends of the stretcher tenons (NOT the post tenons) with a rasp.

5: Drill holes. First, insert the post tenon into the mortise in the foot…then drill the 1/2" dia. through holes for the dowels (P) that will be used to peg the cradle sides together (See Fig. 3). Then, drill the 3/4" dia. pivot holes in the posts (B), headboard (E) and footboard (F).
Finally, line up a post with the headboard and drill the locking pin hole through the post and into the headboard.