This project started as five 9 foot rough sawn planks that were then cut into 56 pieces.These pieces were then joined with 80 joints, including 2-20 inch x 2 inch dovetail joints. There are 2 feet of 1/8 inch brass rod and 16- #10/24 brass screws pinning mortise and tenon joints in the cradle.The cradle box is hung on removable pivots that are 1/2 inch tool steel set in brass bushings in both the cradle box and the frame. The process took well over 300 hours and all curves were carved by eye.

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stand layout

stand layout

laying out the maple spine

laying out the maple spine

starting the cradle box

starting the cradle box

roughing out the walnut cradle box ends

roughing out the walnut cradle box ends

detail at the bottom of one end stand

detail at the bottom of one end stand

detail at the top of the end stands

detail at the top of the end stands

bottom dovetailed onto shaped ends

bottom dovetailed onto shaped ends

laying out the side slats

laying out the side slats

1/2” steel pin that the cradle box swings on

1/2” steel pin that the cradle box swings on

final assembly of the walnut cradle box

final assembly of the walnut cradle box

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