Rockin' Ride #1: The SketchUp Design

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Blog entry by kshipp posted 01-12-2009 02:53 AM 2249 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Refers to project posted here.

I’ve been designing this for almost eight months now. I planned to complete it before I got deployed in June but I got busy with other things and wasn’t able to really start on it before I left. This allowed me to spend a lot more time thinking about the design and refining it while I was in Iraq. I’m currently home for a short leave so I decided the design is locked in and I’m trying to crank this out in about four days.

My niece is going to be one at the end of January so I thought that a rocking horse would be a good project to make for her. I decided that it’s much better to make toys for new kids instead of things like cribs. That way you have a lot more time after they are born to work on it. I’ve found that kids can go for a while without toys but they need a crib pretty quickly after they get here.

Rockin' Ride

I wasn’t really satisfied with making a traditional rocking horse so I wanted to make something different. I looked at rocking tractors, zoo animals, motorcycles, etc and decided those weren’t right. I also looked at gliding rocking horses but I didn’t like the look of all the hardware that was required. I really liked some of the push car designs I saw but I figured that cars are not really the thing for a little girl.

Rockin' Ride

So I came up with the Rockin’ Ride. It’s a horse that you can push around and steer but it also comes with a rocking base to place it into. I figure this will allow the toy to be used for a longer time than just a rocking horse.

Rockin' Ride

I’m headed back to the workshop to try to get this completed.

As always: comments, suggestions, improvements, and random jokes are appreciated.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#1 posted 01-12-2009 04:19 AM

Cool design, good luck getting it done on time.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#2 posted 01-12-2009 07:34 AM

Interesting idea.
I have three reservations. First, based on the drawing I think the rear wheel support will need more bracing. Possibly by curving down further and extending the stretcher. Second, when in the rocker mode I would make sure both units are securely fastened together. Finally, I am concerned about the pointy ear for obvious reasons. Maybe you could make two soft leather ears to attach on each side?
You don’t show how the front will rotate but be sure to put in some stops so it doesn’t over rotate and make it unstable or tippy.
Thanks for all you are doing in Iraq.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-12-2009 03:27 PM

It looks good to me. I assume you will round over the saddle to protect little legs. Just for appearances, how about adding a tail. From one old Viet Nam vet …. thanks for your service to our country.

Jerry, Davenport, IA

-- Jerry, Iowa

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