My First Rocking Horse

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Blog series by Dan Lyke updated 04-19-2007 04:07 PM 4 parts 6860 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: Sawdust everywhere

03-06-2007 07:52 PM by Dan Lyke | 16 comments »

While I’ve been involved in the lives and upbringing of several kids (a few of whom are now adults, or a reasonable approximation thereof), a year and a half ago or so I became a biological uncle. And there are certain things that are expected of uncles. My image of this involved road trips through the American Southwest in a convertible Cadillac, culminating by getting banned from several casinos and being frog-marched to the outskirts of Vegas by the local constabulary, but that sh...

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Part 2: Just a little horse

03-12-2007 04:51 PM by Dan Lyke | 3 comments »

“We were somewhere around Lagunitas, on the edge of the redwoods, when the screws began to take hold…” (with props to Dennis Mitchell who suggested that my previous rocking horse entry was headed into “Fear and Loathing” territory…) After evaluating and deciding to postpone assorted good suggestions involving dump valves and such, I finally got around to glue-up on the rocking horse, and slapped a first layer of finish on it yesterday. After all...

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Part 3: Finished it!

04-06-2007 12:51 AM by Dan Lyke | 3 comments »

Finished the rocking horse! Or at least declared it done… 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 w...

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Part 4: Delivery

04-19-2007 04:07 PM by Dan Lyke | 6 comments »

When my nephew was asked if he wanted to sit on the horse, he promptly sat down on the deck below the horse. He was reluctant to be all the way up high on it. Eventually, my sweety coaxed him up on the back. It’ll be too big for him for a few years, though. So we had a good drive up the coast, a good drive back down, some cool adventures along the way, got home, and then life got interesting. I don’t know how much woodworking time I’ll have over the next year, I j...

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