TheWoodWhisperer Woodworkers Fighting Cancer Rocking Horse #2: Getting in Shape and putting it together

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 10-10-2011 04:13 AM 2489 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Following yesterdays work I continued shaping the remaining parts. Yesterday I used a rasp on some smaller parts, and today having to work on larger parts and more of them I decided to forgo the rasp work and power up the oscillating belt sander. Looking back now, I am not sure it was any faster, but it required less muscle work at the cost of more dust in the air – and lots of it!.

For parts that had duplicates I only shaped 1, and then using the router table and a flush trim bit transferred the shape to the 2nd part:

The plan called for a 1/8” roundover around most parts. I don’t really care much for the roundover look so instead I went with a chamfer on the RT:

The back support was only chamfered on the top part that is extruding from the body and the saddle half circles were only chamfered on one side each (other side is pressed against the horses body):

Before I pulled off the template from the wood, I used it one last time to drill the holes. I couldn’t find my 3/8” forstner so I used a spur bit instead with careful operation:

After the holes were drilled (and transferred to the lower/other part) I pealed off the template which came off pretty easily and power sanded all the parts smooth with 220 and a ROS.

Attaching the external parts (ears, and feet support):

and putting it all together:

I am still missing handles, but that doesn’t seem to have matter much:

Apparently when put together it does fit a 4y/o even though at first it seemed it would be too small so I take back what I said last time about the size being too small for that age.

Anyways, this horse is a total success, and it went on many rides the moment it was out of the shop – very cool.

Total build time ~ 1 day from start to finish. We later colored it and it is now in the drying process of 2nd coat of shellac. I’ll post about this when done as there is not much to see in the drying stage.

Thanks for reading,

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 10-10-2011 05:23 AM

Lookin good and I see that it has been broken already. Must be an experienced rider.

-- 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 10-10-2011 05:47 AM

Great project and such a cute model to showcase your work : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 10-10-2011 10:40 AM

Your success shows on the broad smile of the little girl! A treasure well done!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 10-10-2011 12:21 PM

I see a second horse in the cards… she looks like she loves this one!
Great horse for a great cause.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 10-10-2011 04:54 PM

Great work Sharon for a good cause. I see a budding junior woodworking “helper” and “test pilot” in the future!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#6 posted 10-11-2011 12:38 AM

looks like a fun and easy project…

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 10-11-2011 01:56 AM

Karson – yes, she already named him and is taking good care of him.

Ellen – it seems like another one is indeed in the cards, although judging the timeline – this one will outgrow it by the time it fits the 2nd one ;)

Lorna she is already always excited whenever she can help build something.

Thanks for the comments it was indeed a fun and quick project to go through and the reward is instantaneous – kinda like turning.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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