Rocking Horse for Grand Daughter

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Project by sawdustjunkie posted 12-05-2014 01:13 AM 1522 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this horse last Christmas for my Grand Daughter.
Made of Hard Maple from a Rockler Plan. There are no screws visible anywhere. I counter sunk them and either put wood buttons or dowel into each hole.
Please ignore the dates on the first two pictures. Was from my wife’s camera and she never changes the date.

The main and tail are made of synthetic yarn that had 4 strands per piece which I split up to make it full.
I drilled 150 holes in the head and neck inserted the yarn into each hole.
I made a small tool to stuff each piece of yarn into a hole with glue in it.
The tail has about 200 strands of yarn and placed into the tail that I drilled a 1” hole into.
Ears are made of leather that is inserted into slots and then put a small dowel so they won’t come out if pulled.

My daughter says the grand daughter rides it every day, but will only ride it with her Cowboy hat on.
It was a fun project, but lots and lots of work. It took 2 nights of work to separate all the yarn strands after they were all glued into the holes.

The best part is seeing her on the horse rocking and yelling gettiup horse. She even takes her hat off and waves it while she rides.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 01:49 AM

Nice job, it looks like it was well received.

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 01:57 AM

Beautiful horse! Great job!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 05:30 AM

Very Nice and Well Done Steve. I’m sure She’ll Love it! Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 12-05-2014 06:34 AM


That’s a nice horse and the way you did the tail and mane was quite an undertaking. If I recall correctly, I just sewed all the yarn to a strip of fabric and tacked it to the wood on the horse my husband made. Yours should last forever! No worry about pulling the hair out!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 08:36 AM


I must have used the same plans you did when I made this for my nephew. I was super happy with the way it turned out. I have videos of him rocking on it like a madman – he loves it.
I guarantee that your grand daughter will love this gift for many years. And hopefully she can pass it on to one of her kids as I believe that this rocking horse is sturdy enough to last for several generations of kids.
I hope you signed it. Beautifully done my friend!!!

ps. Your daughter and granddaughter are beautiful!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 08:40 AM

You did a great job on the horse and I’m sure your Granddaughter loves it…mine would

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 12-05-2014 01:29 PM

Nice work, I’m in the process of building the same one,and hopefully will come out as good as yours, and I’m sure to raise two beautifull smiles just as what I saw here. Very well done thanks for sharing

-- andrek

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#9 posted 12-05-2014 09:00 PM

Good job grandpa!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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