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!
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