Rocking Horse #1: Day 1

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Blog entry by MC posted 05-28-2012 10:44 PM 2168 reads 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am starting a project to build a rocking horse for my son. I am following a set of plans from Family Traditions. However, before starting I am already deviating from the plans. The material list calls for 3/4 inch hardwood for the project. I came across an 8/4 piece of ambrosia maple that I quickly decided would be the material for the horse. The saddle and harness will be made from Walnut and the rockers from hard maple that I have not picked up yet. I have not found the wood yet that I will use for the mane and tail trim pieces.

The first day of the project, after pondering how to lay out the pieces and maximize and match the figure of the wood, I rough cut the pieces for the horse using a circular saw, jig saw and a band saw. The 8/4 maple was hard on my little black & decker jig saw, may need another. The maple also saw one broken band saw blade!

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 04:08 PM

I have finally convince my wife that I should build a rocking horse for my niece so I am interested in seeing your progress and seeing the rocking horse come to life.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#2 posted 06-02-2012 09:58 PM

Check both Craig’s List and pawn shops in your area. I found a DeWalt jig saw for $20! It’s great and cuts 8/4 wood like cheap saws cut 1/2” boards.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 06-05-2012 01:18 AM

Craigs List is a great place for tools. I picked up an old Craftsman saw on Craigs list last year.

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