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Rock a by Rocket – Rocket Cradles

A cradle is one of the most basic tools of rocket making. It allows you to lay the rocket horizontal while working, simplifying many tasks such as attaching fins. In this video I show a very versatile cradle design for both large and small rockets.

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Fusion 360 Design Files:

STL files:

Tools for making large centering rings

These are the tools I mention in my video “Saturn IB Part 4 – Centering Rings

Router circle cutter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009K77A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Router 1/4″ bit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004T7JZ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Plunge Router: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-2-HP-10-Amp-Plunge-Base-Router-RE180PL1G/205509658


I am not an affiliate for any of these vendors. Feel free to shop around. There are also many tools by other manufacturers that will achieve the same result, but these are what I use.