A Hardly Rocker

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Project by KelSnake posted 11-07-2014 02:13 PM 1423 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you are a woodworker I think that we look for opportunities to make things, anything really. And if its a great idea, all the better. Its in our blood to design and then create followed by a very short period of standing back and appreciating our handiwork. Oh its great when others like our work to, but really, its all about feeding our soul.

In this case, I became a father (many, many moons ago) and I had adventerous young boys that needed entertaining. I didn’t want to make the standard rocking horse (not that there is anything wrong with that folks) as I was looking for something with attitude for my boys. I am a motorcycle enthusiast and couldn’t wait to begin fashioning a motorcycle rocker from whatever free materials I could find. At my work place we get shipping containers made from veneer core 3/4” Sappo (I guess its a south american pine?) so it didn’t take long to design and build it. Such an easy build when you start with a 2 layer core that outlines the basic shape you want, and then just add details by layering up on each side. Its not about being technically correct as it is filling in the spaces with interesting shapes and colours. The rockers were the only material I had to buy as it required 2 pieces of 38” long 2×6. A lot of this build is made easier if you were to make precision templates and then used a flush trim router bits to trim your pieces to fit the “chassis” perfectly so there is minimal sanding after assembly.

I can’t say as I heve ever seen a young boy so entertained by not going anywhere, but really fast. I only wish I had a picture of that particular one. This pic is a rebuild I made for a friend that had his first grandson. Oh, and I did get that chance to make a Rocking Horse just a few short years later. ;)

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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#1 posted 11-07-2014 04:14 PM

Nicely done.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 12:59 PM

That is really cool!

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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