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Picture of building a rocking chair with a crib
In this instructable I will show you the steps to building a rocking chair with a crib for a baby attached to it. This design is fairly simple to construct if you have the right tools and very basic carpentry skills.
Before you start the project there is one thing you should think about. The design I made has a big crib area, this made it hard to find a fitting mattress, you might want to find a mattress first and adjust the sizes in the blueprint accordingly.

 
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Step 1: Tool and supplies

tool:
hand saw (you can use a table saw for most of the parts)
drill
sander (with soft and rough sanding paper)
brush
staple gun

supplies:
wood glue
super glue
screws (about 30 not longer than the thickness of the wood and 4 slightly longer)
4 metal corner brackets
paint/varnish
fabric (50x50cm for the upholstery 100x100 for the crib)
foam mattress (42x44cm for upholstery and 96x44cm for the crib)

wood:
For this project you need to get whole wood (not MDF, plywood or sandwich boards), I got some pine plates. The 3 big pieces (the sides and the base) are 2.8cm thick, the rest are1.8cm. I recommend you consult with a professional if you decide to use anything different.
The sizes of the plates you will need are specified in the blueprint. In addition you will need a 42X44cm piece of any wood for the upholstery (thick enough so the staples wont go through).

Step 2: Blueprint and model

Picture of blueprint and model
1-16 model b.jpg
1-16 model a.jpg
I scanned and edited my sketches for this instructable. All the measurements are in centimeters.
As Imsaid before, you might want to adjust some of sizes to better suit your needs.
I also recommend building a scaled model if you have the skill. I used some spare 4mm plywood to build a 1:16 model based on the blueprint. as you can see the scaled model is slightly different from the life size, that's because I made some changes after seeing the model, that's why I recommend you build one.
Deserves more attention. Excellent design....clean and functional.
Looks great.
Would be perfect for my expecting cousin, but, I was wondering what the weight limit would be and if adding a third 'wing' to it, between the crib and the seat, could or would make it any stronger and the best way to go about doing that.
Never mind, I spent the day thinking about it and figured out how I can modify this with a third 'wing' and a few changes for the mattress and seat sizes :)
angpal591 year ago
That is the coolest piece of furniture I have evr seen in that catagory
its a rockid, french design i believe
here is the link to the web site
http://www.ontwerpduo.nl/en/collection/work/rockid
Perfect for the multi-tasking mother! Or "how to put older siblings to work after baby arrives." : )
shazni1 year ago
love this...only I cant get large wood planks...the maximum width I can get is 8". I don't have the equipment to glue and plane it down :-( . Why is it not recommended to do it with plywood? I can get a 8' by 4' plywood board
vatkin (author)  shazni1 year ago
It wouldn't look nearly as good and might not support the weight, aspecialy around the "leg" area
This is an awesome update to an old useful piece of furniture... My great grandmother had one of these. I think you have done a fantastic job bringing it back into light! Great job indeed!
Favorite!
And voted! Well done!
Samw1 year ago
I like what you've done combining the two ideas together. Thanks for showing!
Interesting design that allows the parent to rock with the child. Cool concept, and nice craftsmanship.
Gregbot1 year ago
excellent! Is it adaptable for other uses as a crib seems to pass out of use quickly?
vatkin (author)  Gregbot1 year ago
You can alway fill the crib with books and magazines and make it sort of a reading spot
Wow, that's gorgeous...well done and thank you!
Lorddrake1 year ago
Awesome Job!
What an awesome piece of furniture - I love it! :D