Based on a design popular since the eighteenth century, this do-it-yourself cradle project features rounded edges and corners, handholds that make it easy to move around and a hood to keep drafts and glare out. Small, light and sturdy, the cradle rocks freely with the touch of a toe, but the recurved rockers make it almost impossible to tip.
Simple and inexpensive to build, the project calls for pine lumber (as pictured; other woods will work) plus dowels, glue and finish. Inside there's room for a 13- by 28-inch bassinet pad, or a simple mattress can be made for a more custom fit.
The project is built from just 14 pieces, and all of the curved cuts (including the optional designs on the hood apron and footboard) are traced from full-size patterns. To build, trace the pieces onto wood, cut everything out and sand. Assemble using glue and dowels, apply finish of choice and add the pad.
The completed cradle measures 33 inches long by 27 inches wide by 27 inches tall.
The Heritage Cradle plan (No. 666) includes detailed step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line.