Rocking Horses

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Project by DakotaHeirlooms posted 12-20-2017 07:39 PM 1100 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I checked out the Rocking Horses category, I found (at least) 2 posts that used the same style that I have used (Family Traditions). I made quite a few of the large ones. Then I discovered that a miniature version was available, so I bought and built one. It was about Barbie Doll size. Kinda cute, but too small to ride and too big for the knicknack shelf. I took the pattern to a local print shop, and they enlarged the pattern (I think) 150%. The resulting rocking horse is a nice size for toddlers.

In the photos above, #1 is a side view of the 3 sizes; #2 is front view of the 3 sizes, #3 shows the 40 or so individual pieces of Oak required for one large horse, #4 shows how the rocker ends are reinforced with dowels, #5 shows the two large horses I made for a proud Grandmother, who didn’t want the kids to fight over who got to ride; and #6 shows my youngest grandson riding his medium size horse before he learned how to walk.

I’m convinced that kids are born with 4 instinctive abilities: #1 How to suckle, #2 How to holler, #3 How to fill their diapers, and #4 How to ride a Rocking Horse.

-- Harry Sorenson Dakota Heirlooms

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#1 posted 12-20-2017 10:16 PM

Nicely done sir!
That last picture says it all!

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

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#2 posted 12-20-2017 11:38 PM

Nicely done!!!
I have build three of these way back 1986 or so and like you changed the size of one for an adult.

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 02:56 PM

Great looking horses. Projects that all kids love, and made for all ages.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 12-23-2017 11:40 AM

ВАУ….. Это чудо….....

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#5 posted 01-10-2018 10:19 AM

Now that lot have really got the whole house rocking…top job sir!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 01-10-2018 08:41 PM

These rocking horses are beautiful and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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