Rockin' Ride

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Project by kshipp posted 01-15-2009 06:49 AM 2813 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I described this project in a blog that starts here.

The synopsis is I wanted to make something for my niece but I didn’t just want to do a rocking horse. I looked at a lot of designs for rocking horses, push-cars, toys, etc. and ended up designing this.

There is a push-horse part with rolling wheels that turn on a lazy susan bearing. There is also a rocking base you can set the first part into to make it a rocking horse.

Note: These pictures are with one coat of Waterlox on the body and only stain on the head due to time constraints.

As always, comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#1 posted 01-15-2009 08:39 AM

Kyle the horse came out great. There’s only one thing I would have done differently and that would have been to forgo the pocket screws on the piece in the second to last picture and either use a different method of fastening all together or screwed and plugged through the top. A 3/8” plug is less noticeable then the pocket screw plugs. This is a great piece none the less and I hope the kiddies get tons of joy from it.

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#2 posted 01-15-2009 08:49 AM

and here are the results….good work…and I would think they’d be alot of fun…if I were about 54 years younger than I am now…

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#3 posted 01-15-2009 03:33 PM

very clever idea. the kids will love it

-- Joe, Ga

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#4 posted 01-15-2009 03:49 PM

Great idea. We live for our kids and Grand kids.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#5 posted 01-16-2009 04:39 AM

Nice design, extra points of adding multiple functions to a toy.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#6 posted 01-21-2009 02:07 PM

Great project, love the design. I’m sure your niece will love it.

-- Larry, North Carolina,

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 01:22 PM

And it steers . Great job!

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 06:25 AM

A fine thoughtful, very sturdy build, ingenious even. Does the horse lock onto the base for rocking or is it just gravity based? Like the limiters on the rockers if that’s what they are.

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#9 posted 01-18-2012 06:52 AM

The horse originally didn’t lock into the base. I figured that sitting deep in the ‘V’ of the base would be enough. And it probably would for normal rocking but it tended to get a little loose when things got crazy. So I ended up adding some pins to hold the wheels into the base.
Those are limiters on the rockers.
There is a lot of safety considerations to think about when making toys for kids.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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