Man Cradle




About: Perhaps I am the heretical harbinger of the New Archaic, perhaps I just like wood.

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

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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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    53 Discussions

    Dream Dragon

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I move my arms around alot in my sleep. The sides look like they could be painful.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    All you are missing is the part for the "lid" for viewing. I bet it's comfortable! No complaints from clients!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I was just lurking and thought i'd add my 2cents. Actually on first site.........My eyes and mind said, coffin! lol

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought it was a coffin. I had to read thru it to figure it out. Beautiful work! Very unique on the outside.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Don't know about sleeping in the bed, but can I attach a 35 Hp Evenrude on the back - I'll take it out fishing :-) That thing is AWSOME!! I want one! Thanks Jesse


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is super sweet, but does it really count as an instructable? I mean, I don't think I could now go out and build one of these, which is kind of the point no? I don't mean to be mean or anything, and I'll fully admit I'm an instructables free-loader and haven't loaded any instructions yet, but as cool as this is it sort of seems like just a big advert to me..which isn't really what the site is for. not that I don't want one... :) I'm just sad I can't make one from these instructions!