Toddler rocking Jumbo

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Project by Don Johnson posted 05-11-2020 12:43 PM 799 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I had finished the latest version of a Pony Rocker – – as pictured, I handed it over to our neighbour’s little boy, who was delighted with it, and brought it out into his front garden during the weekly ‘Clap for the NHS’ event where everyone goes out into the street and applauds the doctors nurses and other staff in our national health service for their dedication during the Corona Virus outbreak.

Some residents from the end of our road, joined those near our house for the ceremony, and one noticed the rocker. When I advised him that I had made it (I love to brag!) he declared that I could make one for him – so I joked that it would have to be a larger version! He explained that it would be for his little over one-year-old granddaughter rather than himself. I replied that I had just received the template drawings for a smaller version of a rocker so could make one of those for him – providing he paid for the materials, and painted it himself – and he agreed.

So with the template drawings, and the instructions and video on April Wilkerson’s website – – I ordered some plywood for ‘click and collect’, and got going. The template drawings and video made construction straightforward, but I will recommend that April adds dots marking the centres of the location dowel hole circles to make drilling them more accurate. Obviously it would have made painting easier if the components had been painted before assembly, but that would have been a logistical nightmare, and once I get started I am impatient to get to the finish line!

BTW, beside the elephant design, April also has alternative shapes – namely a chicken and a lion!

Hopefully, Barry – the granddad in question – will take some pictures when he has finished decorating ‘Jumbo’, and I can add them to this post – for posterity. (The picture above makes the elephant look mauve – but is is just unfinished hardwood plywood).

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 05-11-2020 01:42 PM

even in the unfinished state it looks pretty cool

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#2 posted 05-12-2020 01:39 AM

A very nicely done rocker.

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#3 posted 05-12-2020 06:43 PM

That is really cool!
What a great idea.
Some little guy is gonna love his elephant.

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#4 posted 05-12-2020 08:01 PM

Waay cute!!!

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#5 posted 06-23-2020 10:02 AM

That’s one very cute elephant!!

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