Then I set an angle gauge to 8° and use it as a guide to drill pilot holes centered in the track I traced, through the base plate.
I do not joint this one first because it's 12 inches wide and even my big jointer won't handle a board that wide. The board has no twist to it, just a little cup, so I will be able to flatten it well with just the surface planer.
While the filler dries I remove one side at a time, apply glue to the edges of the headboard, footboard, and crown and reattach the side with screws. Then I plug the screw holes, trim off the plugs and sand the whole exterior of the body.
I will lacquer the base plate separately from the cradle body because I'm not going to glue the body to the base. The base will need to be allowed to expand and contract a little across its width. The headboard and footboard have their long grain running across the base, so they will not expand and contract with it. They are matched up to the sides so all will expand and contract vertically together.
By lacquering the body (after I've installed the roof) without the base, I'll be able to shoot the entire interior easily. So I take the time to do a good job of finish sanding the body.
All that's left is to make the roof panels, please stop in again tomorrow.