How to make a wood doll cradle. Free plans to build a DIY wood doll cradle that rocks. Includes step by step instructions, cut list and shopping list.
Special thanks to Jaime from That's My Letter for putting together this Vintage Doll Cradle.
1 – 1x12 @ 24”
1 – 1x6 @ 5 feet long
1x1 moulding or scraps cut to 1x1 size
2” finish nails or screws
1 ¼” finish nails
2 – 1x12 @ 10 ¾”
2 – 1x1 @ 6 ¾”
3 – 1x6 @ 18”
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!
Draw pattern out on 1x12 ends. Edges can be rounded to avoid sharp corners. Cut out carefully with jigsaw and sand all rough edges.
TIP: It’s a good idea to mark out the location of the cleat (next step) while the board is still square. Also mark center of board so you can easily line up center of bottom at step 3.
Attach cleats as shown in diagram with 1 ¼” finish nails and wood glue.
Now add bottom shelf. Use 2" countersunk screws and glue. Kreg Jig users - use 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
Attach sides with 2" screws and glue. Sides follow the angle of the ends.
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.