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Project by Deela40 posted 117 days ago 1000 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this rocking horse for my daughter’s first birthday. She does not feel comfortable enough to vigorously rock it, but she will sit on the horse for a few minutes so she seems to enjoy it. She loved to play with the base before it was fully assembled, as shown in the picture.

The plans were purchased from woodentoy.com. They were a big help and worth the cost. As a plus, there is a free pdf instruction book on the website that goes with the plans. This made the process really easy and went into great detail, including details on finding the best lumber. I especially appreciate the design of the base, which makes it very tough to tip over.

I used 1-1/4” black walnut that was purchased from Masons Mill and Lumber, which was a great resource to find for those in the Houston area. It is a lot cheaper than woodcraft and has a huge selection of hardwood.

There are no screws, as I used only wood glue and maple dowels. It is very study. I have sat on it and I weigh over 215, but it did not make a sound.

The tail is made of jute fiber. It is finished with walnut oil so it will be safe for her to chew on if she chooses.

I purchased a new oscillating spindle sander to use on the curved head, which according to my father in law, means the project was a success.





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BigDumbAnimal

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#1 posted 117 days ago

That turned out really well. I’m sure she’ll love it.

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#2 posted 117 days ago

That’s one adorable looking project and the rocking horse is nice too.

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#3 posted 117 days ago

Nice project. You may be plesantly surprised that your next child might use it too. And then your grandchildren. That’s the life so far with the horse I built for our first daughter. A nice gift for your daughter and a lot of years of memories.

Nicely done.

Terry

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#4 posted 116 days ago

Outstanding….

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Deela40

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#5 posted 116 days ago

Thanks everyone.

thetinman: My wife and I have talked about what we will do if we have a second. I would like this to be a toy she can pass on to her kids so I would have to make something else for another child. woodentoy.com has plans for various train cars that I have that look nice, so I may end up making some of those.

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thetinman

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#6 posted 116 days ago

Deela,

We built many other toys also through the years as each of our 4 daughters came along and grew. Then, as they got married, we settled the conversations (arguments) over who got what when they had children. Now, 7 grandchildren and still counting, they play with all of them when they come to visit Grandma and Grandpa. In this way the toys got passed on to all of them – and I didn’t have to rebuild any. I still make the grandkids things, but the memories in the originals become so clear when they come to visit. It’s like our daughters are young again.

Keep doing. It only gets better. OK, it gets worse before it gets better but let’s pretend there’s only good stuff.

Terry

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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Deela40

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#7 posted 116 days ago

Here is a picture of her from today on the horse

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thetinman

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#8 posted 116 days ago

You do good work. I like the horse too.

What a doll!

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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JoeinGa

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#9 posted 116 days ago

Looks like she grew into it just fine. A family heirloom for sure. Great job Dad!

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 116 days ago

Great job. Beautiful wood. Beautiful daughter!

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Deela40

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#11 posted 116 days ago

Thank you. I am particularly fond of her, though I am biased.

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Richard

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#12 posted 111 days ago

That Picture tells me that you have the Best Seal Of Approval that this Project could ever get. Great job on it.

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