Pony Rocking Horse

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Project by Don Johnson posted 05-17-2015 11:11 AM 1550 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having made all the oak furniture that our house can accommodate, I was looking for other things to do when my wife suggested making some toys for the Christmas Fair she organises in our village each year – working on them throughout the year rather than in a rush at the last minute. I made another Santa-down-the-chimney Advent Calendar first ( ), then started on this rocking horse.
It is made using very comprehensive plans from ( ), but I was nudged in their direction by watching an excellent video on YouTube from The Woodfather ( ), and by its appealing design which is so ‘friendly’.
Mario Cappellano’s demonstration really helped with construction, particularly his method of aligning the runners, and I watched in many times over. Some time ago, in a local woodyard, I found some white plastic sheet, about 1/4 inch thick that had been used for an advertising sign, from which I had made some sliding doors for a storecupboard. I used leftovers of this plastic to make patterns for each of the horse shapes, then used an edge-trimming router cutter to finish the actual MDF parts which had been roughly cut out with a jigsaw.
Although this version is painted, as I have the patterns, I am thinking of making more – at least one using (laminated) wood boards for the body, but with iron-on veneers for the mane,saddle,etc. Finishing with Danish Oil should be a lot easier than painting.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 05-17-2015 12:43 PM

Very nice. ANY child would love having this. Nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 05-17-2015 01:00 PM

Nicely done, a beautiful rocking horse, and I love that paint job.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 02:32 AM

That looks great Don, beautiful job selecting the colours. I’ve been leaving the bridle and tail tip off of my ones, I liked the clean look, but after seeing yours I think I’ll add them into the next one. Thanks for the kind words too!

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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