The Christmas 2007 herd. (Another Rocking horse)

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Project by Roz posted 03-30-2008 08:51 AM 4070 views 18 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an inquiry about Rocking Horse patterns and realized I had not posted this past Christmas’s Rocking Horses made from a different pattern. I made a total of 12 of these. I started in September and made them right up to December first. Most were gifts, but two were reserved for Toys for Tots and were auctioned off to generate money for Christmas gifts. They were named “Chief”(white) and “Gunney” (Red/Brown).
I never found out what they were auctioned for. They are made of quarter sawn Southern Red Oak (because I have a lot of it) and I named each horse using a drill press and dowels to create lettering in the rockers. Some of the names I remember were, “Muffin”, “Old Red”, “Star”, “Rocky”, “Big Red”(ref: J. Wayne), “Old Paint” and “Buck”. Oh yeah, and my grand Nephew “Tip” got one named “Tip’s Ginger” refering to a horse his father had when he was a boy. They sport a brand on the left rear hip pronouncing their hand made origins. I did one in black and white Paint (a la Little Joe Cartwright’s horse) and a couple of other painted patterns. Most of the horses have a Dainish oil and lemon oil finish with a finish was on the heavy wear surfaces.
I think I could have sold a hundred if I had them. I have been getting continuous request for more horses.
I’ll try to add better pictures later.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 09:10 AM

Hi Roz

Great looking herd of horses you got there partner. Very nice job on them.

Did somebody say patterns. Where could I get them? Thanks!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 10:27 AM

Great herd of brumbies there Roz. I like the designs. easy to see why they are popular.

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

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 11:40 AM

Hello Roz,, And so you should get all kind of Requests, I have to agree They are a Very nice herd of horses. You’ve made quite a few children have a Very Very Merry X-mas or B-Days…Trully Lovely.. I have to keep my Grandchildren away from this site though (ha ha ha), I still have 8 that would fit right into the saddles of these Lovely’s (out of 18) but whose counting. Keep them coming I believe the love of horse’s is on an up swing….your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 11:44 AM

Wow, that is a herd.

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 12:10 PM

Hi Roz,

I can well understand the popularity of these horses. Yours are simply gorgeous. These will be around for generations.

thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 02:57 PM

That’s cool. I’ve only built one so far. They’re fun to make.
Those look swell.

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 03:36 PM

if I started in September… I might get one completed by Christmas – not an entire herd!!!
Love the “branding” idea. They are gorgeous

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 03:43 PM

I found the first one took twice as long as the other. While I was figuring out how to accomplish the next step I also considered how to make it faster and easier because I knew I couldn’t leave any little cow pokes out and still show my face around family and friends.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 03:49 PM

Great job! Where can I get the pattern?

Thanks for the post!

-- Bill, Florida

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#10 posted 03-30-2008 03:57 PM

Just a lovely herd of ponies.
Does it get easier after the first couple?
Any hints for me re the fitting and finishing?
I want to do some of these this year too.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#11 posted 03-30-2008 04:30 PM

What do feed all them my grandsons would be in heaven with all them wooden steeds to ride. great job.


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#12 posted 03-30-2008 04:31 PM

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#13 posted 03-30-2008 05:00 PM

Here is what I learned along the way.
Yes, they do get easier as you do more of them. I did pick up a few tricks along the way.
The pattern does waste a lot of wood if you follow the recommended layout.
I made a pattern out of luan from the paper pattern by gluing the paper to the board and cutting it out.

I made the rockers in two halves and attached them using a biscuit joint and a strong back across the joint extending about 7 inches either side of the joint. I attached it with glue and screws. It does not show because the deck boards cover it.

I Paired up the rockers into sets and nailed them face to face. This allowed me to sand the edges if both pieces quickly and create two exact copies. Then I place those two rockers so they would be opposite each other when assembled. This insures that the horse will rock and not walk or wobble.

When joining the rockers I drilled holes in the top and bottom edge angled away from the joint. I installed finishing nails into the holes and used the portion sticking up as a place to wrap and tie construction line. The line maintained pressure on the joint while the glue dried. Small clamps work for this too. Once dried I removed the string and nails and attached a strong back as described. The resulting rocker will support an adult man.

I discovered that I would save time by gluing up a block large enough to cut the entire body from as one piece and the mane, tail and saddle center piece as well.(only for 3 piece saddle) This block should be no thinner than 1 7/8 inches for best results and 3” is best.

I discovered I could save time and prolific cursing by adding a block to the legs at the hoof. This made the pair of legs into a single unit allowing me to attach the horse to the rocker with two screws and not in the end grain. It also made alignment of the legs to the body and rocker much easier.

I made the boards that the horse is screwed to 3 ½ inches wide and placed, the leading edge at 7 inches from center (I think) on both ends. The other were 2 ¼”.

Make a jig as a guide to repeat the arch of the neck and rump where mane and tail attach to create the best fit.

Make a jig to hold the rockers with clamps while installing deck boards. Mine are 12” wide and has a right angle piece screwed and glued on each end to receive a clamp. This saves a lot of time. A wide base is more stable and safer for the child.

If you are cutting with a jigsaw cut slowly, it will save work and time later.

Have fun.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#14 posted 03-30-2008 05:25 PM

Great links! Thanks.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 03-30-2008 07:50 PM

I agree with Gary. Thanks for taking the time to post the links!

-- Bill, Florida

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