Rocking Horse #6: Final

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Blog entry by mot posted 12-29-2007 02:12 AM 7206 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, Christmas was a big hit, but I had to put a few finishing touches on the horse. Karson was observant to point out that there wasn’t any place for the little rider to put his feet, it needed ears, and it needed some finish on it.

I mixed up some amber shellac flakes from Lee Valley in a 2# cut. Thanks Bob #2 for the math help on small batches. I was scratching my head a bit.

First I used Dowelmax to align the ear blocks and to centre drill the top for the leather ears. I drilled all the holes before the ear block was profiled. I keep finding more and more uses for this tool. As a doweling jig, it is unmatched in it’s precision and ease. I used it as a precision drilling jig for the ear blocks and was equally impressed with it.

A backer board was used to control blowout with the drilling process.

The ear pieces were doweled and clamped with through drilling, the step was added for security. I think I might add some friction tape to it. It depends on if he crashes too often or not. Two coats of amber shellac and we’ll see how it wears!

Thanks for looking!


-- 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 12-29-2007 02:27 AM

Man, you did a great job! Your son must be thrilled.

-- Tom, Southwest Florida

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#2 posted 12-29-2007 03:38 AM

Wow! That’s no ordinary rocking horse. You did a fantastic job, Tom. That’s a beautiful piece of woodwork.

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

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#3 posted 12-29-2007 06:39 AM

Great Job Tom. A nice addition to the family.

-- 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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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 12-29-2007 08:16 AM

Tom, what a great project. I can see your son’s grandson’s riding this baby! Beautiful work.

I love my dowelmax too….takes precision to a new level.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 12-29-2007 01:10 PM

Nice horse there pardner! Great workmanship, looks sturdy as a horse.

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#6 posted 12-29-2007 01:40 PM

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#7 posted 12-29-2007 05:28 PM

Wow Tom, that looks great!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-30-2007 07:06 AM


Really great workmanship. Or is it workpersonship?

In either case, a smashing success.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 12-31-2007 03:45 AM

Really nice work Tom.

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#10 posted 12-31-2007 02:51 PM

WOW !! This should stay in the family a long time .

-- Ageingwood - No time , retired

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