Rocking Horse...........Cherry Roan

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-15-2020 02:05 PM 1385 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest toy for our great granddaughter to play with when she comes over. This is my first rocking horse. It is 25” high, 33” long and 12” wide and made from Cherry with some walnut and a tiny bit of maple for the eyes. The 4th shot is the full scale drawing I made by printing a picture from Google and blowing it up in pieces on the copier and taping them together. I made plywood templates for all the parts from tracing that drawing. It is finished with Semi gloss spray enamel.

He’s a pretty strong horse. I can even ride him!!

I took a few process shots along the way and put them below.

Cheers, Jim

Drilling dowel holes in rocker slats with fixture

Transferring dowel locations from slats to rocker and then rocker to rocker

Complete Rocker Assembly

Dado of head to fit body

All the rough pieces

Establishing cut line for front legs at the right angle

Rough Assembly

Screwing horse to rocker. All locations are already doweled.

Foot bar location transferred to front legs

Screwing on seat from bottom

Layout of mane on waxed paper for gluing

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-15-2020 02:35 PM

Thats a nice rocking horse Jim, love the details and finish.
Hope to see the little ones enjoying rocking.


-- The woodCrafter

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#2 posted 05-15-2020 03:36 PM

looks real good. grand babies will love it

-- Joe, Ga

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#3 posted 05-15-2020 03:50 PM

Thats one major project. This pandemic thing is really working for you. Full steam ahead in the ahop. Spring, garden and dirt biking the trails here. Jo is barely able to get around now, so keeping house too.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 05-15-2020 03:57 PM


She will ride many miles on that beauty!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-15-2020 03:59 PM

Wow! This looks awesome! It has a tail and hair actualy! Realy good performance!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 05-15-2020 04:53 PM

Your grand daughter will love this one Jim.Very accurate build of the drawing.
What, no bridal? Just kidding.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 05-15-2020 04:57 PM


-- Mark

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#8 posted 05-15-2020 05:25 PM

That’s a real nice looking horse Jim, lots of fun coming there!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 05-15-2020 05:35 PM


Fantastic looking horse.

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

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#10 posted 05-15-2020 07:09 PM

Our son’s “Moonbeam” from 1990 is now a family heirloom that two more generations have enjoyed riding the happy trails. She will love it, and maybe her children too. Moonbeam has a small brass plaque on the inside of a rocker.

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#11 posted 05-15-2020 08:15 PM

Well done Jim! It’s a wonderful gift and a great sculpture.

Who made the tail and mane?
I can’t wait until if finish all the projects in our house so I can start working on the fun builds.

Cherry is a good name for her.
Giddy up!

-- James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 05-15-2020 09:20 PM

Very nice Jim! Beautiful work and super nice finish! Ton’s of fun coming her way!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 05-15-2020 10:55 PM

Nice build Jim and the grain pattern placement is super

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#14 posted 05-15-2020 11:14 PM

Next stop the Kentucky Derby! Great job a real Triple Crown winner there. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#15 posted 05-15-2020 11:50 PM

Very Impressive jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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