Rocking Horse for grand daughter

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Project by xraydav posted 06-15-2014 12:18 PM 1214 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had never made one before and saw it as a fun project. I made the body out of 3 pieces of 2×8 glued up. The rockers I used slightly shorter circumference than I had used for rocking chairs in the past, 39”. I wanted it to be a little more active than a chair. I made the head separately and used the inner 2×8 as the tenon which is inserted into a mortise made by the middle 2×8 on the body.. The legs I made from 2×6s roughed out on the band saw and rounded over with a spoke shave. Used 3.5” lags to attache the legs to the body, and made plugs on the lathe. Decided that the floor on top of the rockers would be safer for her as she was only 2 when I made it.

Made the mane from a mop I got at Home Depot and they had a matching color floor mop which I used for the tail. I bound the tail with heavy cord to give it that show horse look, and made a wooden plate that fit inside the cords and screwed it to the back of the body. The mane I just attached with screws as the wide short nap mop had canvas backing which made screwing it easy. Mortised the three cross pieces into the rockers. ( one you can not see is under the center support ) and screwed them in from underneath. Cross pieces were cherry scrap I had. Handles I made out of purple heart on the lathe and then I finished up with some scrap leather from an old tool belt I did not like. Painted the eyes and mouth… And as you can see in the last pic, I added a padded saddle with a leather suede cover with upholstery tacks.

She is 8 now and still has it in her bedroom and I catch her riding it from time to time. I suspect it will be her kids some day.

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#1 posted 06-15-2014 12:28 PM

Excellent job Grandpa! (Happy Fathers Day too). I like the mop idea. And yep I rather imagine it will one day be ridden by your great grandchildren too.

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#2 posted 06-15-2014 07:23 PM

Making the kids and grandkids happy. Priceless!

-- Gary, Florida.

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#3 posted 06-15-2014 08:51 PM

Very nice.

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#4 posted 06-15-2014 09:32 PM

Great job Grandpa! Nicely done.

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#5 posted 06-16-2014 11:19 AM

spoil those Grandkids! Nice work, She’s still enjoying it after all these years says a lot.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 02:14 PM

nice job

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#7 posted 06-18-2014 06:42 PM

Ive built a few rocking horses for my grandkids. never seen one like that before. very well done.

-- Aaron

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#8 posted 07-05-2014 01:49 AM

That’s one of the nicest rocking horses I’ve seen! Aren’t grandkids the “driving force”...

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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