Cradling For Gold: 1870s Pattern Rocker Box.

We put a small sample of Palmer River gravel wash through our home made Rocker Box (Gold Cradle) and end up with some fine gold and some small ‘pickers’ which we detect with our Falcon MD-20 Gold Tracker. Hope you enjoy the video and our blog at www.nqexplorers.com.

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173 thoughts on “Cradling For Gold: 1870s Pattern Rocker Box.

  1. Todd, sorry for the very late response – only just found your comment – the outdoor carpet with the riffles I purchased at a local hardware store – outdoor or marine carpet it is called, hope this helps. Happy prospecting mate! Warren.

  2. nice rockerbox, looked like a nice return in gold for your amount of dirt.
    no goldrivers in Belgium I think.. otherwise I’d build one myself
    great video!

  3. Temos todos os produtos necessários para o garimpo, Bateias, cuias, peneiras, mercúrio (azougue), recuperador de mercúrio, carpete para garimpo, ferramentas para garimpo em geral, caixas eclusa para prospecção de ouro.

    wwwconstruvoltscom/garimpo

  4. Great vid. I retired from the mining business 3 years ago and own 144 acres of gold and platinum ore. I’ve never used this method to recover. I have 8 tonnes miled to -500 mesh. being that is is monotamic, I have to leach with hcl, chlorine, and distiled water, then go to the fire. Will your method work on platinum and gold? Thanks for any input. This has been my hobby since retiring.

  5. I made my first sluice box by looking at all these different videos. Now I would like someone who is experienced with wood sluices to critique my riffles. I made a video on my channel for you to check out.:)

  6. Meu nome é heliodorio, estou no brasil, gostaria de mais detalhes se vcs vendem este equipamento no brasil ou mesmo se tem como ensinar a fabricar um destes, achei muito legal, somos revendedores de produtos de garimpo no brasil, temos bateias, cuias para garimpo, carpete canelado próprio para garimpo, recuperador de mercúrio, peneiras para garimpo, telas para garimpo, barracas sanitárias, barracas de camping entre outras coisas, gosstaria de um contato de v.sas.

  7. Making it a kit you can use on location without the use of a generator as long as you bring your water reserve. Water could be filtered simply by pouring it back into another pail trough some old cloth or something. Good modding and HH !

  8. I could picture enlarging the side of the feed hopper side and the addition of a water spray bar of some sort and a water return at the bottom of the rocker box . Running from a small flexible regular water hose to a small 12 VDC pump inside a 5 gallon pail. It would be running from a solar panel.

  9. Thanks for watching and commenting – I have some modifications planned for the little rocker box, in particular to the feed hopper, and will make an updated video when that is complete. All the best and Happy Prospecting! Warren.

  10. Nice little rocker box ! Another inspiring video to watch while it’s -30 C / -23 F up here.
    Can’t wait for spring !
    Thanks for sharing and HH !

  11. G’day Joel, thanks for watching the video mate. I made that rocker box in my shed from patterns I found on the internet. If you just Google “19th Century Rocker Box” or “make your own gold cradle”, you will find plenty of plans to do it yourself! I just made it out of plywood and scrap aluminium and some outdoor carpet for catching the fine gold. All the best mate, hope to see your own rocker box in action in Brazil! Happy Prospecting. Warren.

  12. oi! aqui é o joel da costa, escrevo do brasil cidade de curitiba, estado do paraná…
    onde moro existe muito ouro, eu garimpo por aqui.
    com uma caixa de eclusa que não funciona muito bem!
    gostei muito dessa sua caixa parabêns!
    onde compro uma com você, ou em algum site?
    muito obrigado! mande resposta se puder valeuuuu!
    meu e-mail JDACOSTA8@GMAIL.COM

  13. Thanks for watching Auriferous, and that is a great suggestion, actually the little plywood hoppers wear out after a while, an aluminium hopper with holes drilled as you suggest would be a good move, and still light enough to carry up the creeks. All the best mate and Happy Prospecting! Warren.

  14. Good video mate and a nice little unit you have made. A little suggestion would be to remove the wire in the hopper and replace with metal plate with holes in it, this will allow the water to move slower down and give more time for the water to wash the dirt from the rocks better.

  15. Those black pieces of heavies in with the gold with the submettalic luster look like Cassiterite. The falcon will sound off on those as well.

  16. Thanks for watching and commenting mate, yes you could make up a spray bar system to hold the hose or water supply. Usually we use this in the bush next to a creek with a bucket or dipper, but you could run a pump and spray bar to continuously wash the gravel as you rocked it. Happy prospecting!

  17. Thanks for watching our video skimenneske, yes this rocker was built as a portable prospecting unit, to be easily carried into remote creeks where the gravel could be assessed for gold content. It has found quite a bit of gold as you can often strike fairly ‘rich’ runs of fine gold in some of the creeks and rivers over here. Happy Prospecting!

  18. G’day mate, the rocker is made with marine ply, and has held together with marine ply for quite a few years and a lot of gravel through it now. I don’t see why you couldn’t make it from Craftwood. Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment. Happy prospecting!

  19. Thanks for watching – yes, actual find gold, the old goldfields still have plenty left if you are prepared to work for it! GL and Happy Prospecting mate!

  20. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching – yes, actual find gold, the old goldfields still have plenty left if you are prepared to work for it! GL and Happy Prospecting mate!

  21. [..YouTube..] Thanks for sharing! I’ve never done any prospecting but it would be fun to try. I’m in Texas and most land is privately held so I don’t think it would be very easy to find a spot on my own.

  22. Jimmy, sorry for the delay mate, was away detecting (and rocker boxing) for Easter LOL – and this comment was flagged as spam for some reason, anyway – I will send you the link to the plans for the rocker box if I can find it. Thanks for watching mate. Warren.

  23. [..YouTube..] Jimmy, sorry for the delay mate, was away detecting (and rocker boxing) for Easter LOL – and this comment was flagged as spam for some reason, anyway – I will send you the link to the plans for the rocker box if I can find it. Thanks for watching mate. Warren.

  24. Thanks for watching Jimmy – hope you get the time to knock up the rocker box and get a little bit of colour for your efforts! Happy Prospecting!

  25. Love to see you DIY rocker on video mate, they are a great prospecting tool, especially when you can make them in the shed! And they have a real connection to the “old timers”. Look forward to seeing your masterpiece! Happy Prospecting.

  26. [..YouTube..] Love to see you DIY rocker on video mate, they are a great prospecting tool, especially when you can make them in the shed! And they have a real connection to the “old timers”. Look forward to seeing your masterpiece! Happy Prospecting.

  27. [..YouTube..] @ArgenioAndrew
    Love to see you DIY rocker on video mate, they are a great prospecting tool, especially when you can make them in the shed! And they have a real connection to the “old timers”. Look forward to seeing your masterpiece! Happy Prospecting.

  28. Thanks for watching Andrew, that carpet is just “outdoor carpet” we purchases from the local hardware shop, the type used on boat decks etc. It is grey and black with raised ‘riffles’ across it, so it is fantastic at catching fine gold. Best of luck on your March prospecting trip mate, Happy Prospecting!

  29. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Andrew, that carpet is just “outdoor carpet” we purchases from the local hardware shop, the type used on boat decks etc. It is grey and black with raised ‘riffles’ across it, so it is fantastic at catching fine gold. Best of luck on your March prospecting trip mate, Happy Prospecting!

  30. [..YouTube..] @ArgenioAndrew
    Thanks for watching Andrew, that carpet is just “outdoor carpet” we purchases from the local hardware shop, the type used on boat decks etc. It is grey and black with raised ‘riffles’ across it, so it is fantastic at catching fine gold. Best of luck on your March prospecting trip mate, Happy Prospecting!

  31. LOL, Palmer River – yep still a crazy, wild place, you have to watch out for the existing leases and make sure you are not ‘claim jumping’, but there are a few areas which are accessible to the public. Thanks for watching and Happy Prospecting!

  32. [..YouTube..] LOL, Palmer River – yep still a crazy, wild place, you have to watch out for the existing leases and make sure you are not ‘claim jumping’, but there are a few areas which are accessible to the public. Thanks for watching and Happy Prospecting!

  33. [..YouTube..] @MoonjimunjiVevo
    LOL, Palmer River – yep still a crazy, wild place, you have to watch out for the existing leases and make sure you are not ‘claim jumping’, but there are a few areas which are accessible to the public. Thanks for watching and Happy Prospecting!

  34. Thanks for watching mate, easy to knock a rocker box up, lots of plans on the internet and we just built ours out of scrap timber! Happy Prospecting!

  35. Appreciate you watching and commenting John, always a lot of fun out prospecting, and sometimes you bring home a little gold for your efforts. GL and HH mate.

  36. [..YouTube..] @OLDGOLD1100
    Appreciate you watching and commenting John, always a lot of fun out prospecting, and sometimes you bring home a little gold for your efforts. GL and HH mate.

  37. Thanks for the comment Robsue, have found the same as you, we took the Cradle to a creek where there was a ‘false bottom’ of grey, sticky clay, the bedrock was another foot down, but no gold on the bedrock – all in the sticky clay, put it through (squashed and washed) the rocker and we got over 40 lovely pieces, including several ‘rice grain’ sized ones, from about 10 buckets of gravel/clay. Great day out and always a lot of fun. Happy prospecting mate.

  38. [..YouTube..] Thanks for the comment Robsue, have found the same as you, we took the Cradle to a creek where there was a ‘false bottom’ of grey, sticky clay, the bedrock was another foot down, but no gold on the bedrock – all in the sticky clay, put it through (squashed and washed) the rocker and we got over 40 lovely pieces, including several ‘rice grain’ sized ones, from about 10 buckets of gravel/clay. Great day out and always a lot of fun. Happy prospecting mate.

  39. [..YouTube..] @robsue
    Thanks for the comment Robsue, have found the same as you, we took the Cradle to a creek where there was a ‘false bottom’ of grey, sticky clay, the bedrock was another foot down, but no gold on the bedrock – all in the sticky clay, put it through (squashed and washed) the rocker and we got over 40 lovely pieces, including several ‘rice grain’ sized ones, from about 10 buckets of gravel/clay. Great day out and always a lot of fun. Happy prospecting mate.

  40. [..YouTube..] @robsue
    Thanks for the comment Robsue, have found the same as you, we took the Cradle to a creek where there was a ‘false bottom’ of grey, sticky clay, the bedrock was another foot down, but no gold on the bedrock – all in the sticky clay, put it through (squashed and washed) the rocker and we got over 40 lovely pieces, including several ‘rice grain’ sized ones, from about 10 buckets of gravel/clay. Great day out and always a lot of fun. Happy prospecting mate.

  41. [..YouTube..] NQ, another informative video.
    I’ve done some panning and I particularly go “crevicing” where gold falls into the gaps, using a bent screwdriver. Last time out, I raked out a grey sticky muddy goop and somone nearby said it wouldn’t be any good – but – as I said “sticky” and sure enough, I got good flakes from it. Also, some blokes were using an aluminum sluice which really is everything the cradle is, except that the stream does the work.
    Well done and HH.

  42. [..YouTube..] NQ, another informative video.
    I’ve done some panning and I particularly go “crevicing” where gold falls into the gaps, using a bent screwdriver. Last time out, I raked out a grey sticky muddy goop and somone nearby said it wouldn’t be any good – but – as I said “sticky” and sure enough, I got good flakes from it. Also, some blokes were using an aluminum sluice which really is everything the cradle is, except that the stream does the work.
    Well done and HH.

  43. [..YouTube..] @NewportStudio
    Thanks for watching and commenting, yes that creek has plenty of fine gold to offer the energetic prospector LOL. Best of luck on your next trip out and Happy prospecting!

  44. [..YouTube..] @NewportStudio
    Thanks for watching and commenting, yes that creek has plenty of fine gold to offer the energetic prospector LOL. Best of luck on your next trip out and Happy prospecting!

  45. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Pete, love to go out detecting with you mate, on your next ‘bush’ trip, or ours LOL. Maybe a bit of fossicking for gold or gemstones, anything involving camping/going bush suits us LOL. HH mate, look forward to your next vid. Warren.

  46. [..YouTube..] @ozziepete55
    Thanks for watching Pete, love to go out detecting with you mate, on your next ‘bush’ trip, or ours LOL. Maybe a bit of fossicking for gold or gemstones, anything involving camping/going bush suits us LOL. HH mate, look forward to your next vid. Warren.

  47. [..YouTube..] @ozziepete55
    Thanks for watching Pete, love to go out detecting with you mate, on your next ‘bush’ trip, or ours LOL. Maybe a bit of fossicking for gold or gemstones, anything involving camping/going bush suits us LOL. HH mate, look forward to your next vid. Warren.

  48. [..YouTube..] Hi Mate, that was fan-bloody-tastic. I really enjoyed that and the cadle was a great little job of construction. At the moment in NSW with the rellies so no detecting till I get back to Townsville. You and I will have to get out together one day/week and go detecting. Great video and a big very well done, Pete

  49. [..YouTube..] Hi Mate, that was fan-bloody-tastic. I really enjoyed that and the cadle was a great little job of construction. At the moment in NSW with the rellies so no detecting till I get back to Townsville. You and I will have to get out together one day/week and go detecting. Great video and a big very well done, Pete

  50. [..YouTube..] @1963Willo
    Thanks for you comments Willo, relieved to see that you have got a video up. I have been checking you channel regularly, wondering where you had gone LOL. HH mate.

  51. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Crampo, I agree you could spent a long time in that creek and find a lot of gold, plenty of wash to get through but that’s part of the challenge LOL. The Falcon is fantastic, really helps in the clean up process. Happy Prospecting mate.

  52. [..YouTube..] @crampoable
    Thanks for watching Crampo, I agree you could spent a long time in that creek and find a lot of gold, plenty of wash to get through but that’s part of the challenge LOL. The Falcon is fantastic, really helps in the clean up process. Happy Prospecting mate.

  53. [..YouTube..] @crampoable
    Thanks for watching Crampo, I agree you could spent a long time in that creek and find a lot of gold, plenty of wash to get through but that’s part of the challenge LOL. The Falcon is fantastic, really helps in the clean up process. Happy Prospecting mate.

  54. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers HI if you took the windshield wiper arm ball and socket off a wrecked car just the ends you can make a smooth push & pull shaker arm then the movement be so precise you can sit stand kneel high low just a thought won`t cost anything and have a smooth operation movement.

  55. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers HI if you took the windshield wiper arm ball and socket off a wrecked car just the ends you can make a smooth push & pull shaker arm then the movement be so precise you can sit stand kneel high low just a thought won`t cost anything and have a smooth operation movement.

  56. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers Hot Damn! I can’t wait! Hey you said that rock was soft, what if you took the time to carve in some grooves behind the rippled ridges so next rain season, you can come back and really cash in! Ka-Ching! Trouble is you would have to beat everyone else back there!

  57. [..YouTube..] @NQExplorers Hot Damn! I can’t wait! Hey you said that rock was soft, what if you took the time to carve in some grooves behind the rippled ridges so next rain season, you can come back and really cash in! Ka-Ching! Trouble is you would have to beat everyone else back there!

  58. [..YouTube..] Great stuff Warren really enjoyed that – did a bit of prospecting my self at Hill End trying to get my videos up but having a few technical difficulties not sure what the issue is. All the best for your next outing!

  59. [..YouTube..] Great stuff Warren really enjoyed that – did a bit of prospecting my self at Hill End trying to get my videos up but having a few technical difficulties not sure what the issue is. All the best for your next outing!

  60. [..YouTube..] Great stuff Warren really enjoyed that – did a bit of prospecting my self at Hill End trying to get my videos up but having a few technical difficulties not sure what the issue is. All the best for your next outing!

  61. [..YouTube..] Great stuff Warren really enjoyed that – did a bit of prospecting my self at Hill End trying to get my videos up but having a few technical difficulties not sure what the issue is. All the best for your next outing!

  62. [..YouTube..] grate box cob. never seen one being used thanks. that part of the palmer looks grate for crevicing . thanks for the mention. hope the md20 is helping, get it into those crevices. good to see you got some colour cob.
    cheers crampo
    enjoy your adventures & good prospecting

  63. [..YouTube..] grate box cob. never seen one being used thanks. that part of the palmer looks grate for crevicing . thanks for the mention. hope the md20 is helping, get it into those crevices. good to see you got some colour cob.
    cheers crampo
    enjoy your adventures & good prospecting

  64. [..YouTube..] @GreywolfMiner
    Thanks for commenting on our Rocker Box Grey Wolf. Yep you’ve got not shortage of water there, we have only 3 or 4 months with the creeks running and then its only dryblowing and metal detectors. Great channel there mate, best of luck and Happy Prospecting.

  65. [..YouTube..] @GreywolfMiner
    Thanks for commenting on our Rocker Box Grey Wolf. Yep you’ve got not shortage of water there, we have only 3 or 4 months with the creeks running and then its only dryblowing and metal detectors. Great channel there mate, best of luck and Happy Prospecting.

  66. [..YouTube..] @fluoridekid
    Thanks for watching Fluouridekid, we are lucky to have three large goldfields not far from home, two of them only 3 hours driving, and the third, 5 hours. So there are literally hundreds of square miles of auriferous country to prospect – and so little time LOL. Glad you enjoyed the video, GL and HH.

  67. [..YouTube..] @fluoridekid
    Thanks for watching Fluouridekid, we are lucky to have three large goldfields not far from home, two of them only 3 hours driving, and the third, 5 hours. So there are literally hundreds of square miles of auriferous country to prospect – and so little time LOL. Glad you enjoyed the video, GL and HH.

  68. [..YouTube..] @farenheit1100
    Thanks for watching our Rocker Box video Hugh, we find the same thing here. All the creeks the Old Timers worked are still producing gold. The thing about the Palmer “The River of Gold”, is that there has never been any “Mother Lode” found. It is a geological oddity where they believe the Mother Lode was folded and buried by volcanic activity, just leaving the river full of alluvial gold and no obvious source. Then again, no harm in looking for it – LOL. HH mate.

  69. [..YouTube..] @farenheit1100
    Thanks for watching our Rocker Box video Hugh, we find the same thing here. All the creeks the Old Timers worked are still producing gold. The thing about the Palmer “The River of Gold”, is that there has never been any “Mother Lode” found. It is a geological oddity where they believe the Mother Lode was folded and buried by volcanic activity, just leaving the river full of alluvial gold and no obvious source. Then again, no harm in looking for it – LOL. HH mate.

  70. [..YouTube..] @88schwyptrlcar
    Thanks for watching, actually we built the little rocker box just for fun, then you start getting a bit of colour and it is really addictive. A great day out at any rate. Appreciate your commenting. Happy Prospecting!

  71. [..YouTube..] @88schwyptrlcar
    Thanks for watching, actually we built the little rocker box just for fun, then you start getting a bit of colour and it is really addictive. A great day out at any rate. Appreciate your commenting. Happy Prospecting!

  72. [..YouTube..] @GrizzlyGroundswell
    Chad, thanks for watching mate, yes it would be worth putting the detector on that rock bar with a really small coil and the ground balance wound way up. That creek is laden with gold for miles in both directions, and the black sand isn’t too bad. Will be going back so stay tuned! HH mate.

  73. [..YouTube..] @Ringo853
    Thanks for watching Ringo, there is a great deal of fine gold there. Just depends how much work you want to put into it. And you can hit some real ‘hot spots’ and get quite a lot of fine gold from just a few buckets of wash. Well be going back, probably after the next wet (so there wil be even more gold deposited there). HH mate.

  74. [..YouTube..] @TreasurDiggrNY
    Thanks for watching TD NY, that creek and all the tributaries for approximately 50 miles down the river are gold bearing. You could spend your whole life finding gold LOL. But next time I’m passing by, I will take a heavy pick and really dig up that slate bar, there would be some nice larger pieces down deeper for sure. GL and HH mate.

  75. [..YouTube..] @garbageguru1
    Appreciate your comments GG1, as I mentioned the rocker box is a ‘work in progress’. Stuff gets broken and modified, and every time you go out, I always think of some way of making the process easier. Still have to dig all those rocks though LOL. HH mate.

  76. [..YouTube..] @LostTreasureComAU
    Billy well that’s just a great story, I know the Palmer River Roadhouse well mate, now you have given me the heads up, will keep my eye out for any beautiful Dutch Backpackers while Im there LOL. HH mate, love your latest series of videos. HH.

  77. [..YouTube..] @PeaceHavens
    Ged, this is one of the best prospecting ideas I have ever seen posted on YouTube LOL. A fabulous idea – the “Golden Fleece”, although I seem to recall it was guarded by the seven-headed Hydra which may make the final panning/wash up a little difficult. And you have to get past that bronze giant Talos to get there, although he had some nice gold coins in his stash as I remember it LOL. HH mate.

  78. [..YouTube..] @IROCON1
    Thanks for your kind comments Irocon1, didnt realise you were interested in gold/treasure hunting and/or metal detecting LOL. And the biceps, never good enough for Mrs NQ, so a bit of exercise won’t hurt LOL. HH and GL mate.

  79. [..YouTube..] That’s a bloody Ripper! Great job and great modifications! There is gold in that there pan! Hey, can you metal detect those ripples out in the field and concentrate on the areas where you are getting signals or is there too much black sand and mineralization to make the detector worth while?

  80. [..YouTube..] That’s just great NQE, Nice rocker box construction there mate. I could easily spend a few days out in the field hunting for gold like that. You’re right about the stones forming a sort of natural ripple there, are you planning on going back and getting down into the cracks and crevices? GL and HH

  81. Awesome Video Warren! Fantastic Job on building the rocker box. That’s going to make for hours of hunting and enjoyment. Sure wish we had places such as that here in Texas to hunt for gold like that. Best of Luck !

    beerbarrel

  82. [..YouTube..] Another pretty amazing video that I found extremely enjoyable, and in the spirit of the old gold hunters. You’ve done a really good job in making that rocker box and as they say, the proof is in the pudding, or resulting gold to be precise. That gold tracker is a great little device. Did you have to travel far to get your samples from the Palmer river? They say that there is gold in the sea and since it contains black sand, is this the same as found on beaches? I’d love to go gold hunting. HH 😀

  83. [..YouTube..] NQE,
    Nice work on the mini cradle mate and good to see the Palmer still producing. Might be worth having a look at some of the local creeks here after the big floods last year.

  84. [..YouTube..] Wonderful video Warren. I have seen the pictures of the old cradle boxes but this is the first time that I have seen anyone using one. I panned for gold at Sutter’s mill in Sacremento Californina in 1960 and found fine gold even 111 years after the intial discocery of gold at that site in 1849. GL and HH and prospecting.

  85. [..YouTube..] Great video … really enjoyable and entertaining … in the Greek Oddessy – Jason and the Argonauts the “Golden Fleece” was a sheepskin suspended in a stream bed used to catch the fine flecks of gold … and you’re not short of sheep in OZ for experimentation … it may be worth while staking down, securely, a skin in the creek bed before the next flood … and picking it up again in the dry season … hopefully shining bright … LOL

  86. [..YouTube..] Amazing well done mate, you got more gold there than what those guys on Alaska Gold Rush got!

    By the way, I was in the Army in Townsville in the mid 90’s and I met a beautiful dutch backpacker at the Palmer River Hotel, I ended up being with her for 7 years, great memories from the Palmer River area mate! Cheers for sharing Warren

  87. [..YouTube..] Excellent detailed video.I’m guessing some of those bags they sell on the internet people buy to pan out come from one of these.They get it down enough to dry and bag,and don’t have to sort the gold.Make more money selling it on ebay! That snake wire is called hardware cloth here.Like how you keep adding improvements to your set up.If you automated it,you would no longer be able to carry it very far.That MD-20 is a sweet item to have!

  88. [..YouTube..] Thanks for this wonderful video. Anyone that’s interested in the process – [like me] – of how one of these devices works – would enjoy and learn from watching this video- as it tells it all. I particularly like the “pin” used on the back cradle / rocker to hold it in place while “rocking”. Nice to see the whole process – from location to pan. Thanks NQ -P.S. Best workout video ever – get gold & get biceps…that’s gotta be the best fun ever. Cheers mate. GL & Keep on Rockin.