Man Cradle





Introduction: Man Cradle

The "Man Cradle" comprises the latest installment of the "Hensel Home Collection". The introductory model for 2008 features a unique rocking sleep system. Achieve balanced sleep with this masterpiece crafted using the newest technologies. Uniquely designed to give you the kind of undisturbed sleep nature intended. This comfort experience will gently rock you on a cozy voyage to Slumberland.

1. Made in the United States from real wood
2. Earth-quake Resistant
3. Anti-Flood Construction
4. Unsurpassed luxury Alluring style

$1,199 The Man Cradle is the ultimate combination of comfort and value.

The Man Cradle will be on view at Clara Street Projects from August 28 - September 12, 2008. Opening Thursday, August 28th from 6 - 8pm.

Clara Street Projects is located at 170 Clara Street in San Francisco, one-half block north of Harrison Street between 4th and 5th Streets. Limited street parking is available. Garage parking is available nearby at San Francisco Center (5th Street) and at the Moscone Center (4th Street). Gallery hours are Tuesdays- Saturdays 12-6pm and by appointment.

For more information about the exhibition, visit or e-mail project organizers at

Step 1: Design

Using the program SolidWorks I constructed the basic form. For optimal rocking I utilized a series of ellipses. After considering the dimensions of a standard twin bed I created this design. I wanted to build a bed that would rock side to side or front to back but not randomly, ideally creating a comfortable sleep experience.

Step 2: Water-Jet and Frame Assembly

I imported the design to a Water-Jet and fabricated the pieces. It would be possible to cut the forms with a skill saw, but I wanted the precision afforded by the machine. After the pieces were cut: I fitted, screwed and glued them together.

Step 3: Slat Construction

I built a skin for the cradle out of recycled lattice. I cleaned each piece of wood and attached it with glue and a nail gun to the previous piece. I cut the ends of each piece to a compound angle so that they would fit together in the corners. At first I used a chop saw, band saw, and a belt sander. However, later I was forced to switch to a Japanese pull saw. I think that the pull saw was faster, but the machines were more precise.

Step 4: Finish and Install

Once I finished the lattice work, I placed the bed and bedding in the finished cradle. The work was included in an exhibition at the Diego Rivera Gallery in San Francisco.



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    Very interesting, and I don't think it looks like a burial casket, not that I'd be too perturbed by sleeping in one of those. I suspect rocking in ALL directions could be tricky in terms of getting in and out, and it would be absolutely no good at all in my bedroom. I'd end up with books and stuff stuck underneath it.

    I like it, very elegant but perhaps more design statement than practical sleeping arrangement.

    Yes very unique, Like a COFFIN!!!!!!!!! Count me out!

    Hell, I thought it looked plumb seaworthy

    thats exactly what i thought when i saw it... "that looks like a coffin..."

    It does seem like the sides are a lot higher than necessary. Cut them down and cut the cost. Maybe add a rail or stops of some kind on the underside so the whole thing doesn't tilt all the way over and dump its contents.

    Nice concept, but not very good for anyone with arthritic joints. It should come with its own overhead trapeze bar for help in getting in and out of it.

    i like it. but i think it could use some padding on thesides... and some days its hard enough getting out of bed as it is, if i had to climb walls, i'd never get out of bed again.

    Wait, this cost $1,700 to make?

    I am selling the introductory model of the Man Cradle for $1,699. This price includes material costs, 90 hours of my labor over the course of three months, and a priceless dose of ingenuity. Material Cost Breakdown: $140 Mattress $70 Sheets and Blanket $120 Plywood $70 Philippine Mahogany $320 Wood Slats

    Woah..... dang. I wish I had one. :P