Rocking Horse

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Project by Allen posted 04-04-2007 04:50 PM 3145 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The second project I ever built, again for my son as a 1st Christmas present. He’s 2 1/2 now but still rides it every day. It was a challenge for me as I didn’t have, and still do not have, a band saw. I started out trying to cut the pieces using a scroll saw but 4/4 oak doesn’t lend itself to easy cutting with a scroll and after snapping my 4th blade cutting out one leg of the horse I switched to a jigsaw. It didn’t take long, however, to kill my dad’s 30 year old Black and Decker and I bought a new jigsaw to complete it, cutting outside the lines and sanding it the rest of the way with a drum sander chucked into my benchtop drill press.

The horse is 4/4 red oak, finish is General Finish Candlelite wipe on gel. The mane and tail are faux fur and the saddle covering is black vinyl both purchased from a fabric store. Still one of my favorites of the limited number of projects I’ve done so far.

-- We may never know who let the dogs out, but I'd bet anything PETA was involved.

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#1 posted 04-04-2007 06:21 PM

great work! this will stay in the family for along time!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" ([email protected])

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#2 posted 04-04-2007 06:32 PM

aww what a beautiful smile on the horse’s face – how could anyone resist that! :)

definitely a treasure.

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

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 04-04-2007 06:34 PM

lucky kid

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#4 posted 04-04-2007 07:17 PM

Definitely a family heirloom. Your son will cherish it forever I’m sure. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Dennis, if you want one you’ll have to make your own. ;-P

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Dan Lyke

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#5 posted 04-04-2007 07:38 PM

Very nice! I’m just finishing my first rocking horse, out of fir, for delivery to my nephew this weekend, and I’m definitely going to have to build a few more because it’s so much fun, and because there’s so much I can improve about the one I’m currently working on.

Yours looks better than mine.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#6 posted 04-05-2007 04:04 AM

Great Horse.

My first was a rocking Elephant. I need to refinish it because its, 30 years old and has sit outside for a while. But it’s come back home so I guess some before and after pictures will be in order.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 04-05-2007 05:44 AM

It’s neat to think of what fond memories both you and he will have of him playing on that.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 10-03-2007 12:58 PM

Getting ready to make 2 rocking horses, where did you get your plans?

-- kathym

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#9 posted 10-03-2007 02:02 PM

I don’t know exactly. I patterned it after one my grandfather had made but I’m not certain where his plans came from.

-- We may never know who let the dogs out, but I'd bet anything PETA was involved.

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#10 posted 10-04-2007 12:17 AM

Great rocking horse!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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