Daughter's Rocking Horse

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Project by Chris posted 01-05-2016 02:50 AM 1560 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I wanted to build our daughter a rocking horse for her first Christmas and after looking at many project posts decided to go with the merrilegs plan. I was very happy with the plan and how the horse turned out and luckily so were my wife and daughter. The most difficult part of this project was tapering the top of the legs since the table saw jig that I made had to be reconfigured for each leg. The rocker is hard maple, the horse is cherry, and the saddle is walnut. My wife and I made the mane and tail out of butcher’s twine. I finished the project with blonde shellac and water based lacquer.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 01-05-2016 03:54 AM

Nice job. These are great gifts for kids and you will get a thrill each time you see her riding.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 01-05-2016 01:40 PM

Nice job, no doubt will be handed down for many generations.

Like the mane, but why didn’t you give the horse a tail from the same stuff? :-)

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#3 posted 01-05-2016 02:22 PM

Nice job. I am sure your daughter will love it.

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#4 posted 01-05-2016 03:38 PM

Great job! Got to love them rocking horses.

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#5 posted 01-05-2016 05:39 PM

I bet your daughter will have it as her favorite toy for many years.

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#6 posted 01-05-2016 10:14 PM

lovely rocker. I sure your daughter will enjoy it and cherish it

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#7 posted 08-15-2016 03:02 PM

Great looking rocker. Is this from the plans that woodcraft sells?

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#8 posted 08-15-2016 04:22 PM

Yes that is where I bought the plan. I bought some tracing paper and copied the pieces so that I could save the pattern. I thought the pattern gave good detail on each part and was easy to use.

-- Chris

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