A gift to a wonderful Soldier and his wife.
I made this cradle out of love and gratitude for my nephew Luke and his wife Colby who are expecting their first child. Luke is presently serving in the US ARMY in Afghanistan as an enlisted man. He has not seen this cradle yet as I intend to submit it now then tell him to check Ryobi Nation"s site. This is his fourth overseas tour and I pray that he gets home safe to see his child being born. I made this cradle from Hickory, Cherry, Oak, Walnut and the wood plugs were made from a block of Ebony. I bought the wood rough cut and used the Ryobi 13" Planner to help get it smooth. I used my Ryobi Drill press, 18volt hand drill for all the fastening and I used the Ryobi skill saw and Ryobi table sander for a great amount of sanding. I used the Ryobi Forstner Bits to cut the hand holds. I did the woodburning freehand and colored the birds, butterflys and flowers with colored pencils. I purchased the Celtic Cross and Dublin Cross from a luthier supply house. I hope he gets home safe to enjoy his new family. Love Uncle Joe