The Rocking Alligator

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Project by BentheViking posted 08-17-2011 04:21 AM 3049 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the rocking alligator that I have been blogging about has finally been completed. I don’t want to go into too many details about issues I had since I did do a bit of blogging about them as I went through the process.

A few issues since my last blog. On this project I decided to not use any of the polyurethane that I traditionally used in the past, but instead tried using Deft High Gloss brush on lacquer. It came out well enough for a project that I kind of rushed through. Not as perfect as my best usage of the poly, but certainly has the potential to become a much preferred finishing material due mainly to its quick drying time and lack of need to sand between coats.

On my last project that I used hinges on (The Cribbage Board) I struggled with the drilling out of the hinge holes so that they centered correctly and didn’t knock things out of alignment. On this project I wanted a much better operation of the hinges (on the toy box top), so I purchased a self centering hinge drill bit. Well worth it since the hinges operate very easily and they were a cinch to install.

All was good except one problem…I didn’t account for the thickness of the hinges. It was after I finally installed everything (after all finish work was done) I realized that the top of the box is leaning. I cannot believe I didn’t think of this before and didn’t rout out spots in the top and side of the box. To alleviate the problem I added some rubber nibs to the top which leveled it out a little, but certainly didn’t fix it completely. If I had more time I might have tried to fix it, but with the move coming up and the project set to be delivered tomorrow night.

Other than that I really like the way the project turned out and can’t wait to surprise my friends tomorrow night. Not like their son will be able to play with it awhile, but it will still look cool until then. Any questions and comments are more than welcome and if you are planning on trying your hand at any other type of rocking non-horse I am more than willing to help with any design issues.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 01:27 PM

That looks reallt cool. I’m sure the child will cherish it one day. I have made a lot of rocking non-horses, but I think this is the first rocking alligator I’ve ever seen.
I like the term “rocking non-horse”. In the past I’ve been asked by people about my rocking toys. I ask if they know what a rocking horse is. When they answer the affirmative, I tell them, well, I don’t make those, but I do make a rocking motorcycle, rocking train, rocking pig, rocking cow, etc., etc.


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#2 posted 08-17-2011 09:00 PM

Great job. Looks like a friendly gator.

Much cooler than a rocking horse.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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