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Rocking Horse from Grizzly Plan #1: Cutting a Bevel on the Legs

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 687 days ago 789 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is an attractive horse. I speak from experience, having built it twice before for two other families of grandchildren. This one is likely the last.

Material is Eastern Soft Pine which comes to me in 15/16 thickness, planed, so when I’ve dressed it it’s 7/8, a good thickness for this not so dense wood.

The legs are beveled at the top to create the splay. 9 degrees or so. On earlier constructions I beveled the board on the bandsaw first, then laid out the leg to the bevel line. That worked fine, but this time I was tight on material so I was optimizing the layout. Bandsaw wouldn’t work once the piece was cut out.

So I created this fixture with a 9 degree ramp and a clamp to a vertical bolt. A 9 degree bevel block at the top compensates for the angle. That’s a dado blade in the RAS.

This left an overall flat surface but lots of little tearouts were present so I sanded them flat by stapling paper to a piece of MDF.

Next: Double Duty Ramp

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"



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