A video documentary on the making of the Rocker Cradle. Although I would love to take credit for the idea and invention of the Rocker Cradle, truth be told, I'm not that smart. The concept of Rocker Cradles, or "Nanny Rockers," originated with the Shakers and they gained popularity after being adopted and built in the Windsor style. The rest, as they say, is history.
The best that I can add to its legacy is to say is that I simply updated the design a bit.
In this video, I document the creation of one of these historically rich and unique woodworking pieces. I hope you find the journey as interesting and entertaining as I do.
Rocker Cradle Gallery:
Thanks to many requests, I am now offering the templates for my Rocker Cradle. This project is an advanced build and not recommended for inexperienced or novice woodworkers.
There are no instructions included or available.
For the experienced woodworker who would like to attempt this project, I recommend that you become proficient at building my Elegant Rocking Chair and either the Maloof Inspired Low-back or the Contemporary Bar Stool. I build the Rocker Cradle using the various techniques found in these projects. While the documentary on the Making of the Rocker Cradle DVD is not instructional, there are additional insights into my methods and techniques which will prove helpful.
Templates include the following:
Seat/Cradle Cutout Profile
Seat/Cradle Grind Profile
Seat Front Cutout
Rocker Spindles Front
Rocker Spindles Side
Arm Top Profile
Arm Side Profile
Rear Leg Side Profile
Front Leg Side Profile
Cradle Spindles Side Profile (21 ea)
Cradle Spindles Front Profile
Cradle Spindle Router Jig Layout
Cradle Rail Form
Cradle Rail Side Profile
Stump Rear Leg Upper
Stump Rear Leg Lower Profile
Stump Front Leg Upper Profile
Stump Front Leg Lower Profile