Rockin' Ride #5: Finishing and final assembly

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Blog entry by kshipp posted 01-15-2009 06:27 AM 1202 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Refers to project posted here.

The dry fit passed inspection from my quality inspector so it was time to move on to finishing.


I disassembled it to three major components and put on Minwax Dark Walnut Stain. Of course I did this on my finishing/pool table.

Pool Table

You can see the unstained head sitting on the table also. I installed the handle in the head with glue and two finish nails through the edge to hold it steady.

I am using Waterlox Original Medium as a sealer and it’s my first time using it although I have heard a lot about it. I was talking to the woman at the Woodcraft store and she said she had often heard about it also but never used it until recently and she was really impressed. She showed me some coasters she finished with it and I really liked the look. I put one coat of Waterlox on the body of the horse and the rocking base and put the stain on the head and the “neck.”

Once I got to that point I installed the head with the pins and epoxy. Then I clamped the “neck” pieces on to cover the pin holes and add support to the sides of the head.

Head Install

At this point I had to leave again so I took lots of pictures and my dad promised to finish the rest of the coats of Waterlox. This pictures is with one coat of Waterlox on the main part and only stain on the head.


Project is posted here.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#1 posted 01-15-2009 10:08 AM

Kyle, This is a great project. My wife and I are foster parents, and I love the idea of projects for our kids. This is the type of project that will pass on to kids and grandkids

rockin ride in the side pocket


-- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most logical explantion is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis

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#2 posted 01-15-2009 11:22 AM

hice future heirloom. the kids will go nuts for this

-- making sawdust....

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