Personally, I think the only cradles worth making are doll cradles. Yeah, yeah, I know, lots of people like them, but I don't. Because, no matter how nice the cradles is, all the work that gone into it, and all, the baby is going to outgrow it, fast. Then it either is given to someone else, or sits around gathering dust.
So, here is a picture of something that I think is worth building instead of a cradle. Was looking for inspiration on redesigning my kids puzzle rocker, and design for an adult version, and ran across the picture.
OK, the kid is born, mom gets the kid asleep, finally, and dumps him/her in the cradle side, and then gratefully collapses in the rocker side. So, later the kid outgrows the cradle side. No biggie, mom can still rest in the rocker. The cradle side then becomes a storage bin for magazines, books, knitting, whatever. If there is another kid later, clear out the books or whatever, and viola, a cradle again. And the rocker can be used for years and years, baby or not. Of course, you don't need to copy this design, but it is a start.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.