Rocking Horse #5: Hi-Ho, Silver!

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Blog entry by mot posted 12-25-2007 04:02 AM 7517 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, you’re going to see it how he sees it. More on that…

I spent several very late nights getting the horse completed for Christmas. Three nights ago, I was able to get the legs mounted to the body. I was suffering with aligning each front and each back leg but then benifitted from the time that I spent leveling my work surfaces. Thanks to Neil Lamens for that little tidbit gleaned from his Furnitology Blog. With a level work surface, the left side legs were aligned, then the horse was held plumb and the opposite sides were clamped, checked and then fastened.

After another long night of getting things sanded, routed and ready for the next step, the horse was mounted to the rockers. This was a finicky little step as I wanted it to sit level saddle when no weight was on it. That was a lot of trial and error and a hope that a K-body in front of the front legs, and one behind the back legs, would cancel each other out. I added some cross bracing to the rockers and it’s starting to look like a rocking horse. I also added mane and tail accents to the horse.

All the screw holes that will see little feet were plugged with flush taper plugs, and the rest were plugged with decorative buttons. The handles were added and the horse is ready to give for Christmas.

I decided to not rush the finish process so he’ll get to play with it a bit, and then I’ll put finish on it next week so I don’t have to rush that part.

Once the finish is on, I’ll add him/her to the projects list. Just a small list of final touches that will get done next week: Ear blocks, step blocks, finish.

As I’ve done previously with projects, here’s the list of tools that were used to complete this project. Please note, I’m by no means, a minimalist.

Power Tools:

Festool TS55 Plunge Saw – Most cross cuts and panel sizing
Festool ES150 ROS – surface sanding of all parts
Festool Domino – panel joining and alignement
Festool CT22 Vac – dust extraction on festool tools and router
Shop VAC 15 Gal – dust extraction from router and shop cleanup
Dewalt 12” SCMS – rough cross cutting of some pieces
Dewalt Jigsaw – scroll cuts on body and ends of rockers
Dewalt DW621 Plunge Router – edge treatments
Porter Cable PC718 Router – flush trimming and round overs
Porter Cable Brad Nailer – fired a couple brads to gang up parts for scroll cuts
Porter Cable Pancake Compressor – can’t use the nailer without the pancake
Dewalt Finish Sander – Sanding round overs after using a rasp and file
Porter Cable 371K Belt Sander – some contouring and beveling of the legs to the body
Makita LXT 18V Drill – holes and countersinks
Makita LXT 18V Driver – 2 screws before I changed my mind and used the clutch in the drill for driving screws
Craftex 15” bandsaw – resawing, ripping and some scroll cuts
Nova DVR-XP Lathe – turning handles and eyes and for marking centre in a jig
General International 185 Table saw – ripping, dimensioning lumber
Dewalt DW735 Planer – Dimensioning lumber
Ridgid Jointer – squaring stock for dimensioning
Ridgid Belt/Spindle sander – cleaning up scroll cuts
Craftex Drill Press – various hole drilling duties of course
Craftsman 8” grinder – sharpened a spindle gouge
General International 1HP DC – dust collection from router table and SCMS
General International 2HP DC – dust collection from bandsaw, jointer, planer and tablesaw
Performax 16-32 Drum Sander – dimensioning inlays

Hand Tools:

Veritas Low Angle Block Plane – cleaning up inlays and shooting board work for sizing inlays
Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane – cleaning up inlays and adjusting fit on some parts on shooting board
Veritas Bevel Up Smoother – some smoothing work on the rockers and legs
Veritas #4 Bench Plane – cleaning up planer marks on body panels
Veritas Edge Trimming Plane – cleaning up jointed boards for glue up
Lie Nielsen Skew Block Plane – same with opposite grain
Lie Nielsen Chisels – 1/8, 3/8, 3/4 – cleaning up inlay grooves and trimming flush plugs
Stanley Chisel – 1 1/4 – cleaning up glue squeeze out
Veritas Card Scrapers – cleaning up glue squeeze out, smooting joint on leg panels
Four in Hand File – rasping and filing round overs that I couldn’t get at with router, cleaning up bit scorch
Veritas Double Edge Flush Cut Saw – trimming flush plugs
Small Rip Dozuki – cut some walnut off a board I was too lazy to take off wood rack (pathetic I know)
Fret Saw – trimming inlays
Various Screw Drivers
Dead Blow Hammer – fit parts
Small Claw Hammer – put in plugs
Large Claw Hammer – for the plugs that wouldn’t fit
Various Mallets for chisel work

Blades Bits and Jigs and Fixtures:

Forrest WWII Multi Purpose Blade – all tablesaw duties
Freud 1/4” round over bit – round overs
Craftsman 1/4” round over bit – round overs
Craftsman 1/4 flush trim bit – flush trimming
Craftsman 1/4” spiral down cut bit – cutting with trammel for rockers
Woodpeck Precision Router Lift – made life easier for sure with flush cutting wedges for leg alignment
Woodpeck Drill Press Table – a nifty unit that gets lots of use
GRRippers – Sorry Nicki, but I really dig em
Excalibur Overhead Blade Guard – tablesaw dust collection and blade cover when available
Dado Jig – cutting inlays
Small Parts Bench Hook – planing some inlay pieces
Shooting Board – dimensioning inlays
Bessey K-Body Clamps – 12”, 18”, 24”, 48”
Samona Quick Clamps – 12”
Irwin Quick Clamps – 6”
1/4” Viking Bandsaw Blade – scroll cuts and a bit of resawing when too lazy to change it
1/2” Viking Bandsaw Blade – resawing and ripping

I think that’s it.

Cheers and have a very Merry Christmas!

-- 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 12-25-2007 04:23 AM

Reading your tool list caused me to break out in a fit of grunting and scratching.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 12-25-2007 04:30 AM

Yeah, Todd, it’s admittedly ridiculous, however…I’m in rehab.

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

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#3 posted 12-25-2007 05:52 AM

Holy smokes! How do you keep track of all that equipment? Do you have it bar coded for easy inventory?

You are a fortunate man to have so many nice toys – I mean tools!

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

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#4 posted 12-25-2007 06:02 AM

He scans an a tool out inventory when he uses them and the scans it back in to inventory.

Kind of like Dusty putting all his tools in one room. You use it you bring it back.

Now it’s just a matter of checking the computer inventory to see the tool movements.

Great job Tom.

-- 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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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 12-25-2007 06:04 AM

Reallly nice present for a young man, Tom. Good for you.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob Babcock

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#6 posted 12-25-2007 06:22 AM

Nice work Tom….man….can I just show my wife your list and tell her don’t ask anymore what I want…here’s the list?

-- Bob

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#7 posted 12-25-2007 06:24 AM

Good jobs Santa I think someone will be rocking away very soon.

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

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#8 posted 12-25-2007 08:16 AM

This is a bit redundant, but that’s a sweet tool list. Minimalist, definitely not. Am I a bit envious, oh yeah! Always enjoy your Lumberjock contributions!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#9 posted 12-25-2007 12:20 PM

it’s awesome, Tom… awesome.
well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 12-25-2007 12:37 PM

Hey Mot…...........SUPER!!!!!!! I’ve been wondering, how you’ve been do’in!!!!! Glad you are not going rush the finish…’ve got way to much in it for a coat of this and splash of that….......heck, if that were my Horse, I’m rid’em a bit, (and as Lee mentioned) then ask if you’d give Thos. a call and have him custom fit my saddle, then finish.

Great, great effort Tom

PS….....where in the heck do you store all those tools :) ..........the “Four in Hand” File Rasp sounds like it stores in a tuxedo…....... (couldn’t resist after all we are classy at LJ’s)

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#11 posted 12-25-2007 02:29 PM

Great job Tom. Watching this come together has been a great educational experience.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 12-25-2007 03:10 PM

Hi Tom;

I think I’m going to build me a horse like that and then get the heck out of Dodge!(on the horse)

If I figure this right the project breaks down like this:

Lumber prep – 45 minutes

Cutting and shaping parts – 2 hrs

Assembly – 4 hrs

Photo shoot – 6 days

Blogging – 6 days

Tracking tool lists and locations – 3 months

No wonder you almost missed Christmas! LOL

Results: Priceless

Merry Christmas;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 12-25-2007 03:29 PM

I just love this Lumberjock humour!

I bet the horse was well received; it’s a delight. How old is the recipient Tom?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#14 posted 12-25-2007 04:03 PM

Love ya horse! I’d be afraid to see your implemented tool list on a Mahogany Secretary! Seems i may be mistakenly combining tools where you’re not…..

Small claw hammer= tap lightly
Big claw hammer= tap harder
Dead blow hammer= Bang that sucker

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 12-25-2007 05:44 PM

Wow Tom. That’s quite a horse. I agree – you should get with Tom for a real saddle for that little guy. There is going to be some fun rocking in your house.

Great job. Really enjoyed watching the progress.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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