Rocking Horse #2: Inlays!

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Blog entry by mot posted 12-16-2007 05:18 AM 6946 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Every Little Boy Needs a Rocking Horse Part 2 of Rocking Horse series Part 3: The Saddle! »

I got a couple of hours down in the shop tonight, so I did the inlays on the horse.

I started by resawing some walnut that I had laying around left over from God knows what.

I couldn’t use the GRRipper here, so no controversy tonight!

I ran the pieces through the Performax to get them fairly close to size.

I made a little router jig to route the grooves for the inlays. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to do this, but I brainstormed with Bob #2 and then decided to go with a similar concept to a dado jig for a router. I used 2 sided tape to hold it in place.

The router bit I used left a bit of fuzz, so 3/4 chisel and about 10 minutes, and everything was ready for the walnut inlay. Added to the tool wishlist was a router plane. I got by without it, but it would have been fun to use.

Using a combination of a low angle block and a low angle jack plane, I used the shooting board to fit the inlays. I was very pleased at how well this worked, and though it seemed like rather finicky work, I seemed to be smiling through the entire process. I was actually surprised that they didn’t fit perfectly after the little jig I made, but with such thin pieces, I didn’t want to shove them in…I wanted them to just fall in.

Here’s the inlays glued in place. They are proud by about 1/32 and I’ll use a plane to take them down to flush after the glue has set for a day. The pieces are cut for the other side as well, but I won’t bother with that until I get this side flushed. I’ll trim them flush as well, once the glue has dried. I have other things to move onto so I’m not set back by my caution here.

And a close up. They are still proud, but the fit is quite good. I’m not sure if I’m going to get recruited by the Professional Marquetry League, but I’m pleased with the job so far.

Tomorrow, time permitting, I’ll get working on the legs,finish the other side of the inlays, and think some more about how I’m going to cut the rockers!

Have a great weekend everyone!


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 12-16-2007 07:11 AM

Great blog Tom. A nice job and making jigs on the fly.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-16-2007 09:16 AM

I can’t wait to see the finished product. Looks like your off at a gallop.

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#3 posted 12-16-2007 01:07 PM

This is great Tom,

I’m sure your son will enjoy it. I guess you opted against a saddle from Tom.

Maybe on his next horse.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 12-16-2007 03:50 PM

I think you need some horse feed. He looks a little thin. Looking good, Tom.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-16-2007 04:02 PM

Look great…Love these step by step blogs here at LJ….. What a great place.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 12-16-2007 06:03 PM

Hey Tom, I thought he was a little thin too, but the design is a wide saddle on a skinny horse. I’ve seen the horse built and they end up pretty nice.

Lee…I’m still scheming…there may have to, at least, be a bit of leather on this thing for sure.

Thanks for the comment, Brian, karson and Buck!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 12-16-2007 06:06 PM

Wish I had some time, I’d send you some.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 12-16-2007 08:03 PM

Smiling the whole time…that’s what I like to hear! Looking good.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 12-20-2007 10:53 PM

Hey Tom:

Been keeping an eye on ole Paint here. See your shooting board came out. Neet!!!! The router plane intrigues me and asked for the mini version. Wondering how well it will work in a curved groove.

Hi-oh-silver and away!!!!

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