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When my brother and his wife were expecting their first child, and subsequently the first grandchild for my mother, I decided a special gift was in order for their baby shower. I searched my magazines and the Internet for the perfect cradle design and found this one. A beautiful design with paneled sides, elegant curves, and convenient knockdown features in case storage is ever an issue (although I hope it is always on display). Made out of red oak with a couple of coats of MinWax "natural" oil and a few coats of satin polyurethane applied to get the final look and protection needed, this will soon become a family heirloom. I admit I did get some help with this... I used store-bought spindles (who has that kind of time) and my mother sewed up the rail pads and bottom cushion.