Rocking Pony

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Project by English posted 04-09-2018 01:39 PM 1301 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend ask if I would build a rocking horse for her grandson. I looked around and found theses plans at Woodcraft. The horse body is made of hard maple. The mane,tail, eyes, and rocker platform are cherry, the saddle, handle and foot rest are walnut. The only issue I had was the plugs I made for the screw holes. I made these from the same stock and matched the grain. But they still stand out like a sore thumb. They all seem darker than the stock they were made from.

My friend was pleased and I enjoyed the build.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#1 posted 04-09-2018 03:41 PM

Looks great and thanks for sharing! How did you like the woodcraft plans? I’ve looked at a couple of their project plans but haven’t picked any of them up.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 04-09-2018 04:33 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 04-09-2018 04:35 PM

The plans were pretty good. They had every thing measured. Some of the holes and cross pieces on the rocker assembly ended up different than the plans, It’s almost impossible to cut out and attach the legs at exactly the same angle as the plans, so this changes some of the measurements. You need to read thru the plans and be sure you understand the affect of small changes. I waited and drilled the holes to mount the horse until the horse was completed. I put then where they need to be.

The full size patterns were great, I drew a line through the plans and marked each half inch, then made copies on my home office scanner printer. Once I got the copy to come out at the same scale I was able to reassemble the copies and glue those to the blanks. I kept the original patterns in case I need to build another sometime.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#4 posted 04-09-2018 06:05 PM

You did a very nice job on this rocking horse and the kids will love it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 04-09-2018 06:21 PM

without a doubt “You did yourself proud”! Your friends Grandson is really going to enjoy, great work

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#6 posted 04-09-2018 06:26 PM

Nice looking horse!

Did you give it a test ride?

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 04-10-2018 12:06 AM

This is a beauty! I’m going to have to follow your lead and build one for my grandchildren. This will no doubt be an heirloom. Great job!

-- AJ

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#8 posted 08-30-2020 07:17 AM

Do you have the plans as I have been asked to build 1 for a little girl.

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#9 posted 08-30-2020 03:19 PM

Do you have the plans as I have been asked to build 1 for a little girl.

- Besy
You can find these plans at WoodCraft online and in their store. The plans include full size patterns.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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