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« on: May 05, 2013 11:42:42 AM »

So this was my first attempt at making a rocking horse. I had gone to the Salvage yard to get some old 2 x 6's to make a shelf out of and when I had finished the shelf I had one 2 x 6 left over. I said to my self "Self, this wood has a nice patina and would make a good rocking horse." So I decided to make one, I think it came out pretty well. We decided to give it to my wife friends daughter for her 1st birthday. So my wife painted the face to be cute for a little girl and not all wood. So I will start with the finished product and then go through my progression of building it.

Finished Product

So I started by cutting out the seat and planing it down. We don't want any splinters in baby bottoms.

Then I cut out the outline of the head

And after planing down the head I chiseled out the jaw line to give it some definition

Then I made some legs.

After sanding everything down I wanted to make sure the head wouldn't wobble so I created a lip at the neck the would sit past the seat, then I cut out a mortise and tenon joint further back to make sure everything was joint together nicely and solid.

I added an oak dowel for the handle and put the top part together.

After a coat of Tung Oil it was looking pretty good.

Attaching the legs and finishing the rockers was annoying and I was so annoyed I didn't take pictures. Before I knew it it was the kids birthday and my wife had already painted the head before I took pictures. I added little ears made out of some scrap leather I had. Here is the completed piece

So from the party this is the only picture I have but she really liked it.

Also when friends and family saw what I was building I don't remember how many times I had to say "No she is not pregnant it is for someone else"
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2013 01:21:54 PM »

Wow, what a great job you and your wife made of this.  It should be cherished for years to come.

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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2013 04:21:02 PM »

I think it is adorable!  I collect rocking horses.  I would be proud to have that steed in my home.  Smiley  I have a rocking horse right now, that I'm hoping to refurbish this summer.  I'll take before and after pics and post them when I'm finished. 
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2013 04:54:33 PM »

I think it is adorable!  I collect rocking horses.  I would be proud to have that steed in my home.  Smiley  I have a rocking horse right now, that I'm hoping to refurbish this summer.  I'll take before and after pics and post them when I'm finished. 
That would be awesome! I would love to see it when it is done.
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2013 05:48:31 PM »

Oh, I love the whimsical style! I'm sure it'll be treasured for years to come, fantastic job!

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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2013 08:26:39 PM »

I adore the old-school rocking horse. My cousins and I had one that was passed around the family - you did such a great job

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2013 11:17:42 PM »

Charming!  What a lucky child!
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2013 08:08:32 PM »

that is just lovely,  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2013 06:12:48 AM »

Hey, Joe!!Truly inspiring post, I'm sure that you might have got UN-countable good responses isn't??
As your post inspired me a lot so I would also like to upload my hand made wooden car,, which I made it from very old stuff of designer office furniture initially it was really difficult to decide that which wood to use for but I finalized this one and it look like this
I hope any one of you like it?
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2013 11:32:15 AM »

pretty rocking horse! Smiley
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