How to make the ship’s cradle

ship's cradle in progress with tools

These photos show the ship’s cradle underway using cherry wood. Visible are a few of the tools I used to solve the problems. I also use a band saw, small drill press and a dremel tool.

close up of ship's cradle in progress

I must be sure that the keel is level and so begin the project by creating matt board templates for both the fore and aft pieces. The wire gauge will help with the curves of the hull. It is of utmost importance to keep the cradles level. I encountered lots of mistakes and “timeouts” as I transferred the design and cut the cradles. It is important to mark the keel for each cradle. I’ve made many mistakes working on cradles for models of all shapes and sizes.

Getting the cradles correct and also pleasing to the eye takes some time!

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