Rocking Horse from Grizzly Plan

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Blog series by Lee Barker updated 10-08-2012 09:07 PM 6 parts 7752 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: Cutting a Bevel on the Legs

10-04-2012 09:22 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

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 b...

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Part 2: Double Duty Fixture

10-04-2012 09:31 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

This plan is still available from Grizzly. The number is G7570. I should caution you that on my copy, several years old, there are two errors on the cut list. They will become obvious as you get acquainted with the project. It occurred to me as I surveyed the progress on the legs that they needed a parallel bevel on the hooves. I removed the clamp from the fixture and secured it to the edge sander to get the angle. To get those angles to perfection, I sanded them thusly once the...

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Part 3: Let's Get a Grip

10-04-2012 09:38 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

I looked for a 3/4 dowel in the shop and the cupboard was bare. I went to my local hardware store and was resigned to having a “whitewood” dowel but whoa, there were dowels there now which resemble poplar. They are straight and true and kinda greenish. I was delighted. I thought I would be way clever here and bore three wells in the handle, fill them with glue, and then insert the handle the rest of the way and rotate it until the glue spread. It was a great idea, it just d...

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Part 4: Primer!

10-04-2012 09:44 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

We’re outsourcing the painting of this steed to Grandma, who is so skilled she shouldn’t be required to prime. So I did. I have found that using a good, flat interior paint, light colored, is very effective. I sand the pine to 180, apply the paint, and then knock it down with 400 grit paper. the resulting surface is a delight to paint upon. Next: Posing for the formal portrait.

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Part 5: One Last Fillip and Then the Formal Portrait of the Pal O' Mine

10-04-2012 09:56 PM by Lee Barker | 3 comments »

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...

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Part 6: The Bonding of Rider and Horse plus Glimpse of the Steed's Future

10-08-2012 09:07 PM by Lee Barker | 9 comments »

It’s Emily’s third birthday, and there’s a party, and stuff, and cupcakes, and 5 grandparents, and the camera. These are in chronological order. 1. Checking the hooves. 2. Discussing saddle styles. 3. A few fatherly tips. (The pen on his ear was to record any apt quotations of the moment.) Mom smiles from the margin of the pasture. 4. “Climb aboard,” a classic unintentional pun. 5. Gramma gets involved. 6. Little B...

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