A Rocking Horse for my grandson.

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Blog entry by BigBob posted 02-02-2010 04:41 AM 6683 reads 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, I thought you all might like to see a project I made my for my 2 yr old grandson for Christmas. The plan was from one of the woodworking mags.

I made MDF patterns and glued up my stock. I had a bunch of 8/4 red oak, so I used that for the horses body. Here is the main body.

Next, I drilled the holes for the handles and eyes . The legs were pattern routed and all edges rounded over. I glued and screwed the legs to the body and then bunged the screw holes.

The saddle is also oak, and I used honduras mahogany for the mane and tail. The tail is mortised into the body.

Here I made the rockers and the stirups out of oak. The 3.4” dowels run through the stirups.

I made the rieins out of leather. The rings are just large key rings and I riveted the reins to make the bridle.
The finish is Waterlux Original.
The completed horse ready for fun!

My little future woodworker, Brady.

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 04:49 AM

Brady’s as cute as they come The rocking horse is great super job.

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 06:59 AM

Excellent workmanship. Really very nice.
Now is time to let him “test-drive” it. See what his compliments/complaints, who knows there is/are thing(s) might need to be tuned up or worse the maker has to recall the production….like 2YouT4 car maker…LOL

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 07:06 AM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 02:40 PM

I think a rocking horse is one of the nicest things you can build for a child, and this one is very nice indeed.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 05:29 PM

A labor of love from Grandpa, priceless! Great job. Your grandson will treasure it. Looks like he will be a woodworker one day.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#6 posted 12-15-2013 07:34 PM

Do you remember which magazine and issue you got the plans from?

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