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Design help for baby cradle

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Hello everybody.  I'm going to build a cradle for my grandson and need help.  Hopefully the images are clear.  Could everyone weigh in on the design?  Maybe tweak a feature or a proportion?

Also I'm planning on using cherry as a main wood.  Maybe walnut or Sapele for an accent.  What are your thoughts?

Thanks in advance, you guys are the best.  By the way this is designed in Solidworks.

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Very good looking project.  I see nothing wrong with the proportions but others here are more artistic than I.  Does the 1/2" gap run full height? or is it just neede for the rocking pin or such.  The reason that I ask is that the posts will be much stronger if you can tie them together as much a possible over the height of the post.  Maybe have the gap be a "recess" rather than a true gap.

Great proejct.  I like it.

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That’s really a neat looking design. I agree with Ronn on the gap. Peepaw, a building journal wouldbe appreciated and enjoyed by all! 

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Thanks for the reply guys.  The posts will be mortised into the feet.  There will be a "sandwich" of walnut or sapele about 2" or 3" at the bottom and the top tying the posts together.  A recess would achieve the same look and be much easier.  That's definitely a consideration.

Really need to do a build journal.  As lazy as I am I probably forget to take pics till the end.  I will make an attempt though.  My daughter is somewhat of a photographer, she really needs to take the photo's.

I think the tenons showing on the end of the cradle will be a good contrast, end grain vs. long grain.  You think all cherry or cherry and walnut/sapele?

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I’ve never used sapele  but cherry and walnut is always nice. One of the two will provide a good contrast. However, all cherry is nice as well. 

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Coop, I think all cherry.  Better safe than sorry.  Ron, about the gap, the idea came from FWW magazine August 2017 No. 262.  Will be buying the rocking mechanism and mattress.  There may be minor changes to accommodate.

Thanks guys.

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