This is on the bottom of the cradle, so my handwriting doesn't have to show!
Here's a view of the finished cradle as you might view it looking in at young Ridley
Some idea of the effort and mess involved in thicknessing panels for the frame-and-panel pieces
Japanese gouge and the nearly completed carving of the kanji for "White", the family's last name
Finished view of the kanji carving
This is a view of the cradle after just the linseed oil. It's already looking very much like I originally imagined
View of the finished cradle with the toolchest in the background. All the hand tools used on the project live here. The chest isn't big enough to also hold the tablesaw, bandsaw, router table, slot mortiser, belt sanders and random orbital sander also used ;-)
Side view of the cradle all ready to go. Cherry has interesting and subtle grain character which shows up best with certain finishes. This is one good coat of boiled linseed oil followed by two coats of orange shellac (1 lb cut) topcoated with two thick coats of polyurethane (babies leak!)
View of the side without flash, color variations show a little differently here
Back view of the panel with the kanji carving. You might notice that the small pins are cut in long grain on the vertical stiles which makes them weak since cherry grain is fairly splitty. I drilled each of the small pins and superglued lengths of brass rod in them for reinforcement
Sweaty and happy to have the assembly complete. August is hot around these parts, and September is hardly better!