Rocking Moses Basket Stand

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:21
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About Project

DIY rocking moses basket stand #anawhite

Well, I feel I failed you terribly in sharing our baby joy with you.  So many of you are dear friends, we really wanted to share more photos and details about the new baby, from the start.  And it's not really a privacy thing for me, I'm definitely one of those moms who is so proud of her kids, she wants the whole entire world to see them.

For me, it came down to this: I didn't want to turn my kids into work.  I didn't want to be in these special moments - hearing the baby's heartbeat for the first time, finding out the gender, experiencing first kicks, and ultimately, holding our baby for the first time - and also be holding a camera, thinking how can I turn this very special moment into content for my blog.  

Forgive us, please.

Our baby is nearly a month old, and I finally feel like life is at a new normal - as any parent knows, there is no such thing as getting back to "normal" - you just find a new normal.  He's been a wonderful, sweet, agreeable baby, and we are still head over heels in love.  Especially big sister Grace.

We are truly blessed.

One of the last projects I worked on before baby Hayes was born was a Moses Basket stand.  We don't have space for a crib, but knew the little one would need a safe place to nap during the day.

We ordered the Moses Basket for Moses Basket for $35 and I built the rocking stand for about $10 to match. 

Since it rocks, when the baby fusses a little, he will cause the bassinet to rock, and sometimes - I stress sometimes - put himself back to sleep.

Before the baby was born, the hubs surprised me and said that he thought this was one of the nicest things I'd ever made.

That was before the baby.  

This is not an easy project - cutting those rockers with a jigsaw and sanding until they match perfectly was quite a chore.  But when I am building something for my loved ones, I found I didn't mind putting in the extra effort to create something super nice.

Being pregnant at the time, I choose not to do any finishing, so my friend Jen came over and applied this stain.  We used RustOleum Dark Walnut.

Foam brushes worked wonders - especially the tiny one for getting the 1x edges stained.

The RustOleum stains are one step - just apply, wait until it soaks in, and wipe off excess.

Jen really enjoyed using the stain, and I'll have to admit, I was a tiny bit envious!

And she did an amazing job too!  

The plans for this Moses Basket follow - so check them out below.

Thanks for reading and using this site.

XO Ana + Fam



Shopping List

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
wood glue

Cut List

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

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

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!


Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.