Rocking Horse

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Project by mavsprophecy posted 02-02-2014 03:08 AM 1707 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rocking horse I made for my girls for Christmas.

Started from these plans:

My grandpa is a big Western collector and has multiple rooms dedicated to spurs, saddles, etc. Since he knew I was getting into woodworking, he gave me the smallest saddle he had on hand to make the girls a rocking horse. It had been 6 months since he gave it to me, so I knew I needed to make it now or I might not ever.

I upsized the plans by 25% in order to fit the saddle, yet still fit on a 2×12. It is a smaller saddle, but still full size, and would dwarf most kids’ horses. What I didn’t realize is that I was making an actual pony! When it was all put together, I sat on it and rocked some. I was even scared getting up that high, so I knew the 3 year old would be. 10 inches had to come off each leg. This was essentially the knee, so it doesn’t look too much like an accident had happened. Poor horse! But now it rocks perfectly and (more) safely!

I used 2 pieces of 2×12x10 pine for the construction. The top is stained golden oak, the rockers and accents are stained cherry. I set up the cuts on photoshop beforehand and printed it out with posterazor. If anyone wants the pdf, just send me a message. The legs and main body are connected by 3 dowels on the front and 3 on the back going through the body and most of the legs, with everything else glued up. The tail and ears are made from extra leather from my grandpa. The tail is fringe I made and rolled together, and glued into the back.

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#1 posted 02-02-2014 11:24 AM

Woha… real saddle, how cool is that?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 04:22 PM

Without a doubt this is super! Neat that your Grandpa gave you the neat saddle:-) “You did Yourself Proud”

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

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 03:38 AM

Nice work, she looks pretty happy. Should have included a selfie of you rockin in the shop. We know you took one;)

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 02-03-2014 05:08 PM

Na, too bad I didn’t!

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 04:57 PM

Wonderful and well crafted, great design and build. Very cool on the real saddle. She is a very lucky little girl.

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#6 posted 02-23-2014 08:54 AM

What a cool horse! The real saddle is not something I’ve seen before on a rocking horse, a great idea.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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