Vintage Doll Cradle

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Vintage Doll Cradle

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.

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Special thanks to Jaime from That's My Letter for putting together this Vintage Doll Cradle.

Author Notes: 

As much as we are enjoying the sun, I'm ready to get home and make some sawdust! I'm good for about a week on vacation, then I just gotta find something productive to do! Thank you everyone for helping others, answering questions, and being patient with me. Can't wait to get home and get back to the garage!

Also thank you to Jaime from That's My Letter for putting together this vintage doll crib for you today!  I'll let Jaime take it from here on how she built and finished it, but of course, plans follow.  Thanks Jaime!
Shopping List: 

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 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
jigsaw
nailer
sander
countersink drill bit
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!

Dimensions: 
Fits 18" doll or American Girl Doll. This is a toy.
Cut List: 

2 – 1x12 @ 10 ¾”
2 – 1x1 @ 6 ¾”
3 – 1x6 @ 18”

Step 1: 

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.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Attach cleats as shown in diagram with 1 ¼” finish nails and wood glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 

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.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Attach sides with 2" screws and glue. Sides follow the angle of the ends.

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.
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Comments

What an adorable doll cradle! My husband made similar ones last Christmas for our daughters and they carry them everywhere in the house with simple handle cut-outs in the ends...I'd recommend adding some to this otherwise perfect plan!

This seems really simple enough for anyone to be able to build. It is really cute looking also. There is so much that we can do ourselves if we just put our minds to it. It saves some money also.

 

This doll cradle is cute and seems like it would be a good project for people who love to build things themselves so that they save money. after they show them money.

Hello, my husband and I are planning to make this for our daughter's christmas gift. I do have one question though. On the diagram labeled "Dimensions", why does it say that the finished cradle measures 19 1/2" long, when the sides are 18" long and each end is 1" thick? I thought I'd ask just in case I'm missing something in one of the steps. Yikes! :)
Thank you for posting this, it's so cute!

This is a very cute design; thank you for sharing.

MN, dimensional lumber is a bit smaller than the board size after it's milled. A 1" board is actually only 3/4" thick, so the two ends will add the 1 1/2", bringing the overall to 19 1/2" vs. the expected 20". Hope that helps you!