My first and only Rocking Horse

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Project by GaryK posted 05-19-2008 05:57 AM 2795 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my 1 year old daughter. My wife insisted painting it pink covering up all my good wood!
That stopped me from adding a lot of details that I had planned on. The boss is always right.

Oh, well. I guess I can strip of off the paint after she out grows it.

I say my first and only because I never seem to build something more than once. So I have just resigned myself to the fact.

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

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#1 posted 05-19-2008 06:06 AM


It’s obvious from the smile that you’ve made that precious little girl very happy . . . and she’ll probably agree with her mother on the pink! Congratulations on a job well done!

-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#2 posted 05-19-2008 06:07 AM

What a lucky girl!

“Strip off the paint?” – perhaps it still is up to the boss(es). eh? Ha ha.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#3 posted 05-19-2008 06:10 AM

And that reminds me when I took my daughter to Ikea to pick her first set of furniture for her own apartment (she is away for college), she was so indecisive … only to tell me that she kinda wanted something from my workshop!

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#4 posted 05-19-2008 06:18 AM

I like how you made the horse look like he is kind of walking instead of the normal pose. Nice project.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#5 posted 05-19-2008 06:48 AM

Great looking horse and beautiful baby girl. And yes, MaMa is always right. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 05-19-2008 06:55 AM

Good Job!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 05-19-2008 07:04 AM

Nice reslut Gary.
I think the colours are great.
Might have been a bit easier with MDF <g>


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

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#8 posted 05-19-2008 07:05 AM

sometimes paint is a good thing!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 05-19-2008 08:34 AM

Looks great, Gary. Even with the pink paint job.

Is this your first child?

She must have Mam’s look. (lol)

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 05-19-2008 12:15 PM

I’d say from the smile on your daughter’s face that she’s pleased with Dad’s work!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#11 posted 05-19-2008 12:16 PM

You are learning. After 31 years I just simply say “Yes dear”. I agree that painting wood is something that most of us tend to avoid (unless of course you are working with walnut which just naturally begs for a coat of white paint- Sorry Debbie I can’t seem to let go of this). But it does look like you have one satisfied customer here.

This is a nice project and you have a beautiful daughter. I can see lots of projects in the making here. The rocking horse is just a start I am sure.

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

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#12 posted 05-19-2008 12:18 PM

The rocking horse is pretty cool, but the smile on the little lady is priceless. Clearly she’s happy.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#13 posted 05-19-2008 12:21 PM

great job Gary, you’ve made her one happy kid. I think it will take a long time before she grows out of it enough for you to even get near it! lol! keep up the great work.

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#14 posted 05-19-2008 01:01 PM

Great job Gary!


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#15 posted 05-19-2008 03:07 PM

Gary, I suspect that you might have limited experience with, daughters, & wives. Enjoy both these are the very best years. Now fact is. The only change in this finish might be a new coat of paint. Most likely that will come when your daughter is preparing to promote you up one grandfather. Relax you will soon come to enjoy your daughters pleasure so much you won’t even remember that you wanted to make it look like a piece of furinture. great job!

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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