Rocking Horse #3: The Saddle!

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The Rocking Horse build continues with the saddle. Two blocks measuring 4” x 4” x 10” were laminated from red oak. The saddle is cut in two pieces that sandwich the main horse. Each halve is cut from inside a block, much like a cabriole leg.

The first two cuts creating the side profile:

The block was taped back together, and the top profile was then cut, revealing the half saddle within:

The two halves of the saddle ready for shaping.

The saddle with preliminary shaping done. The Porter Cable 371K compact belt sander was used for most of the shaping. Combined with a Festool ETS 150 and some Lie Nielsen chisels, it’s getting closer. Final finish sanding will have to be done by hand.

Before the saddle was mounted, the inlays were planed down to flush with a low angle block plane.

The build continues!


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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 2442 days ago

Fun to follow along!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 2442 days ago

Looking good.

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#3 posted 2442 days ago

Next Christmas I am going to build a rocking horse for my new nephew. I like how yours is looking.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#4 posted 2441 days ago

Go – Mot – Go ….............. notice this entry didn’t hint for another tool under the tree. Like the thought process on the saddle.


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#5 posted 2441 days ago

Nice work, Mot. This is a great show-and-tell.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 2441 days ago

Very nice job Mot but somehow it seems about 2cm short?
It could just be my eyes, but you know, it just seems a bit short.



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#7 posted 2441 days ago

I’ve been planning to make a horse thanks for the great inspiration!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 2441 days ago

Bob, it’s the diversion of the framiss as I circumflect the aperature of the tweezle that makes the saddle look short.

Thanks for the comments folks.

Neil, I’ve been hinting too much…now it’s watch and wait. In case you’re interested, my wish list is a under me email address. There’s still time to ship FedEx!

The rockers will get done tonight. I’m trying to make a better mousetrap in their construction which has, predictably, led to delays.


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

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#9 posted 2441 days ago

Looking good Tom. “It will be done on time” Think positively.

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

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#10 posted 2441 days ago

Looking good Tom. If your’re trying to finish this by Tue, better call in the elves.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#11 posted 2439 days ago

Hi Tom;

Looking good!

Nice band saw work. I just hope Tom Angle doesn’t feel slighted about not providing the saddle for you. He does custom saddles you know!

Great Job.

Merry Christmas,


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2439 days ago

Yee-haw – keep ‘er up…looking good.

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

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#13 posted 2439 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys. Lee, I’d have loved a custom saddle from Thom Angle, but he said he was too busy to get it by Christmas.

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

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