DIY rocking moses basket stand #anawhite
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 10 feet long
1-1/4" pocket hole screws
Fresh wood cutting jigsaw blade
lots of sandpaper, grits from coarse to fine
2 - 1x4 @ 31" (rockers)
2 - 1x2 @ 16" (side top supports)
4 - 1x3 @ 21" (legs)
2 - 1x3 @ width of Moses Basket
2 - 1x2 @ width of Moses Basket
1 - 1x6 or 1x8 @ 16" (support) - you could also use 2 - 1x4s here to conserve wood
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
So this is the hardest step. Getting these rockers cut. Take your 1x4s and draw out the pattern. I used a piece of 1/8" plywood (because it has some flex) to draw out the curve of the bottom rocker. You can simplify by keeping the top of the rocker square - only the bottom needs to be cut.
You'll need to cut two, and then clamp the two together and sand until the bottoms match perfectly.
Once you have the rockers cut, attach two legs to the 1x2 @ 16" to get your spacing right. I used a Kreg Jig set on the 3/4" setting and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Then I scribed the bottom arched cut on the bottom of the legs, cut out with a jigsaw, and then attached.
We measured the bottom of the Moses basket width, and adusted the width of these boards so it holds the Moses basket in firmly.
NOTE: You must secure your Moses basket to the stand somehow. We screwed ours to the base. You could also attach with ties.
For the bottom, now that I look at ours again, I used a 1x6 down the center to support the weight of the baby. You could also use 2 - 1x4s (save yourself a trip to the lumber aisle). I attached on underside again with pocket holes.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.