Rocking Horse gets 2nd life

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Project by Sanding2day posted 11-11-2013 08:57 PM 1335 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not an extensive project and predominately my grandfather’s work but wanted to share just the same.

This hobby horse was made for me some 35 years ago and was just returned by my mother. As can be seen from the pictures my first dog Boots had used one of the rockers as a chew toy and the other had broken in a subsequent move.

I had originally intended to replace it entirely with a straight hardwood exterior, but upon examination I decided minus some cleaning of the dark stained oak and the replacement of the rockers now Walnut I would leave it my old rocking horse made by my Grandfather…

Was enjoyable to restore the work which he had done and to see it from a new viewpoint. Daughter seems to approve, and sure my grandfather would be happy that it is going to get another round of enjoyment by his great granddaughter…

-- Dan

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 04:16 AM

Nice job on that horse and it looks like you have a real grateful little customer riding ‘er, too!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 04:30 AM

Looks great. I love to see pieces handed down & given a second life.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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Francois Vigneron

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 10:18 AM

Four generations of happiness and counting. Your grandfather would be so proud. Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 02:26 PM

Thanks Jim, Dnick, and Francois…

-- Dan

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#5 posted 11-12-2013 02:31 PM

Your Grandfather did a nice job on that and now that it is restored it will be a favorite heirloom. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 04:46 PM

Thanks Charles… Certainly had an effect on me looking the work over and seeing the bandsaw marks in the old oak rockers. Trying to think of an appropriate project to repurpose the remnants of these.

Wood filler over screws of which I was able to reuse all but one etc. He passed when I was 8 so it was really nice to have a quasi reconnection through the restoration.

-- Dan

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 02:54 AM

A family heirloom that will continue to bring hours of fun & play to many more children…...beautiful….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 12-23-2013 11:22 AM

Thanks Crowie… Certainly hope that it does :)

-- Dan

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