I have finished one side of the cradle. It seemed easy enough in concept. The cliche, "the devil is in the details" was true enough.
It just looks like four pieces of wood with a bunch of round sticks placed evenly inside which is exactly what it is. It was the details that spun it into a long labored process. Cutting the frame to length and cutting the lap joints with my mitre jig was not difficult and did not take a lot of time.
The problem started when I drilled the 3/8 inch holes for the the 3/8 inch stiles. The fact that this might be a problem did not occur to me until I tried to fit the stiles into holes that that are the exact same diameter. They didn't fit. I had to sand each stile until I could just slide it into the drilled hole then assemble the entire frame and glue it all together. The sanding took hours.
Tomorrow I an going to start the other side of the cradle. I some ideas that might expedite the sanding but will have to see how effective the are. We will just have to see.
Sometimes we just fail to see the forest for the trees, another cliche but in this case, true.