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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 06-19-2014 07:13 PM 1511 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple weeks ago a co-worker of mine brought in this broken horse that he picked up at a flea market for $5.00. There are many little components that need repaired, but the main thing is that the left front leg was broke off and missing. Since I was a friend and a carver I volunteered to make a leg and see what happens. My steps taken were to square up the broken section on horse with a chisel and then look for a piece of bass wood that would fit the bill. Holding the rough stock close to the position as I could I was able to trace the side shape. Using the band saw I sawed out the shape. The next complicated issue was to figure a way to clamp in place. I gave up on the idea of band clamp, I decided to glue and screw. One screw in the front and two screws in the side. After 24 hours I removed the screws and then drove dowels up in same screw holes. Next step was to start carving. By using veneer calipers I was able to mimic the size of other front leg. After a couple evenings of carving sanding, filing I got down to the final shape. When carving was complete I still had some mismatch areas that I filled in with wood putty. That worked well. After final sanding it was time to paint. Just so happened the brown paint matched almost to a tee. I painted the brown and then I used sand paper to rough it up a little. I’m very happy with the results. It should be worth more than $5.00 now??

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#1 posted 06-19-2014 08:05 PM

Really a nice mended broken leg Tom, I’ll bet your friend is real happy

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#2 posted 06-19-2014 08:18 PM

When you said ”the main thing is that the left front leg was broke off and missing. ” ,,,

I looked at the first picture and thought the front RIGHT looks newly painted. Surely you must mean the RIGHT, and not the left! Then I looked at the rest of the pic’s.

Wow! What an excellent repair job! Kudos to you Tom, I’m sure your friend must be pleased!

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#3 posted 06-19-2014 08:48 PM

Yes my friend was very pleased. My wife is drooling at the thought that she wished that belonged to her. We both like Primative items.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#4 posted 06-19-2014 09:59 PM

Very nicely done.

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#5 posted 06-20-2014 12:56 AM

Nice restoration.

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#6 posted 06-20-2014 01:27 AM

great repair and restoration. That is such a unique piece and Its good to see you got that horse back up and running.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 06-20-2014 11:29 AM

Very nicely executed Tom. What a wonderful piece of nostalgia returned to all its glory.

Best Regards. – Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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