Rocking Horse from the Family Tradition Plans

  • Advertise with us
Project by dustprocrastinator posted 12-27-2011 03:09 AM 7733 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The rocking horse was made using the Family Tradition plans, which are great because full sized templates are provided. I used transfer paper to make templates on 1/4 inch birch plywood. I then took the templates and used turner’s tape to secure them onto my roughly cutout stock and cut to finish on the router table. The reason I did this was just like a previous lumberjocker I did not want to spend that much time sanding, everyone’s favorite!!

Stock used:

Body = Padauk
Inlay = Yellow heart/ Satin wood
Tail and Mane = Wenge
Rockers = Hard Maple
Saddle = Tatajuba, poorman’s yellow heart but with more warmth than yellow heart. I felt that tatajuba would look more like leather than yellow heart.

It was all finished with a wipe on wipe off poly oil mix, except for the tail and mane. I wanted to keep the grain pattern on the wenge, and that is why I used a water based poly.

Thank you all for looking. I hope you all have a great year!

10 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


118161 posts in 4639 days

#1 posted 12-27-2011 04:46 AM

That’s a real classic rocking horse.


View dustprocrastinator's profile


76 posts in 3748 days

#2 posted 12-27-2011 05:14 AM

Thanks a1Jim.

View nitewalker41's profile


470 posts in 3754 days

#3 posted 12-27-2011 05:44 AM

Way Kewl for sure….real nice looking rocking horse….

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

View curi0usJack's profile


21 posts in 3821 days

#4 posted 12-27-2011 07:17 AM

Well done. I love how the grain of the wood matches the direction of the “hair” on the horse’s legs. Nice job!

View SteveW's profile


397 posts in 3920 days

#5 posted 12-27-2011 05:33 PM

Nice looking horse, and sure to be a treasure for years to come.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

View dustprocrastinator's profile


76 posts in 3748 days

#6 posted 12-28-2011 02:46 AM

Thanks for the words of encouragement nitewalker41, Celldss, and SteveW.

View mtnmanlee1's profile


2 posts in 2500 days

#7 posted 06-18-2014 07:55 PM

I am making the Family Traditions Rocking Horse also. I am well along but am stymied as to how to cut the wedges that set behind the legs. They have to be out of 3/4 stock (pine is ok) but the widest wedges have to be some 9 1/2 inches wide to go across the back of two of the legs. How did you cut the wedges for your horse? The plans are not helpful in this regard. Thanks!

View dustprocrastinator's profile


76 posts in 3748 days

#8 posted 06-19-2014 03:48 AM

hello mtnmanlee1

i ended up cutting them on the miter saw. i cut my angle then cut the piece to be an inch thick at its widest part. you could set up a jig for your jointer and do it that way too.

View rojbou's profile


1 post in 2255 days

#9 posted 02-18-2015 04:06 PM

my family tradition rocking horse plan requires 6 dowels inserted into each rocker 3 at each end. what purpose would these have?

View dustprocrastinator's profile


76 posts in 3748 days

#10 posted 02-18-2015 11:33 PM

I don’t remember that rojbou, but I if the plan called for it I am sure I did not follow that part of the plans.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics