My First Rocking Horse #3: Finished it!

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 04-06-2007 12:51 AM 1615 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finished the rocking horse! Or at least declared it done…

Finished rocking horse

More rambling prose and pictures at the LumberJocks project page and my personal journal page on the rocking horse.

Things I learned:

  • Fir is soft. Really soft. Soft enough that I was a fool to think that stain was the right solution to sub-optimal wood, ‘cause I’ve got a chip or two already, and a few years of a kid beating on it will change things dramatically.
  • Shellac is shiny, and plays heck with wood glue adhesion. Luckily I had a big bottle of gap-filling cyanoacrylate.
  • Take the time to build the jigs to get things right, rather than trying to fix it with sanding. There will be more rocking horses, but there’ll be a set of jigs and patterns on which I can use router bearing bits made first.
  • The shape of the rockers is okay, but I should probably experiment a bit. From an aesthetic and “ways that kids can rework a toy” aspect I don’t necessarily like the rockerless horses (the ones that hang from a frame), but they may have better action.
  • Don’t let the project size get away from me. This is physically bigger than I’d envisioned when I first started laying out the patterns. One out of 4/4 or even 3/4” lumber, ala Alan’s rocking horse from a few days ago, would probably be a good starter horse.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 12:55 AM

Great Job Dan: The things we learn as we start making things. It would always be nice to walk up to one with a ruler and take measured drawings so we could make ours , but with out own touch.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 04-06-2007 01:15 AM

what a great photo—he’s a wild stallion looking over his land.
The wood looks lovely, giving him a really wonderful appearance.

I don’t see any flaws (I’ll leave that up to you).

You must be VERY proud of your first horse!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 04-06-2007 05:38 AM

Most articles warn of getting finishes on glue up points because of the problems you had. Next time try taping up those joints with painter’s tape so the finish won’t get on them. I think that it turned out very nice.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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