I did some catch-up work in The
National Park Service in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Heritage Shop by almost finishing a reproduction of an original
early 19th-Century rocking cradle.
I started this project as a public
demonstration and today I moved it much closer to completion.
Perfectly clear pine was used to match the original cradle which
is free of knots.
It will be held together with
square cut nails just like the old cradle. I used period hand
tools on the project after starting with power planed boards
which I finished with a smooth plane. There are captions with
This is a photo of the original rocking cradle.
This photo shows partial assembly to test the joinery. The
has been permanently affixed to the sides with square nails.
The tops of end boards lap over the ends of the side boards to
a strong joint at the cradle rim.
The rockers are connected with a single stretcher with through