Rocking Horse from Grizzly Plan #5: One Last Fillip and Then the Formal Portrait of the Pal O' Mine

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 10-04-2012 09:56 PM 1162 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You’ll notice on the plans that the knob on the ends of the rockers is just sort of added on. I chose to incorporate another curve, opposite, which blends the end into the rocker better. It’s also easier to rout without burning it. It’s also a heckuva lot easier to sand.

The perforations in the ends of the rockers were an afterthought. I like them. The leg roundovers are 1/4”, the rest of the parts are 3/8”.

Linda the artist kept the steed around a few days until she had The Feeling. Here’s the result:

For the record, I bought 36 bf of the pine. I ran out when it came to the staves between the rockers, where I used alder and thought that was just fine.

This material can have plenty knots, some big and loose. I cut around those best I could and allowed some smaller stuff to show, knowing it would paint well.

To do the whole enchilada I would be inclined to buy no less than 50 feet for two. It might take more than 25 to do a single. Boards up to 8” are usable. The wider they are, the easier it is to nest parts. Poplar is another good choice for this project, and with so few knots your yield will be measurably better. I prefer the lighter weight woods so the young buckaroos and pull the recalcitrant ungulate from room to room, or rather stall to stall.

This will be Emily’s horse until Liam observes her interests leading her in non-equine directions. Family heirloom? Perhaps, or maybe one day it will be passed on to a friend or neighbor. I just hope each new owner signs the bottom somewhere.

When Linda and I observe Emily climbing aboard for her first ride, I imagine I’ll turn to Linda and say, “Tonto, our work is done here…”

-- " 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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Terry Ferguson

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 10:05 PM

Lee and Linda – Very nice rocking horse – well done.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 11:01 PM

Lee, Followed your postings with interest and I was not disappointed in the finished product. It is a great piece to hand down, I only hope that you and grandma signed it also. Congrats to you both.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 01:48 AM

That palomino pony turned out just super. I need to find that plan so I can build one for my granddaughters. Grizz catalog???Edit: I went back to part 1 and found the link for the plan. Thanks.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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