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Project by WisconsinWoodsman posted 11-23-2014 01:13 PM 1104 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all,

I finished this rocking Dino about a month ago and have not gotten around to posting it yet. I made it for my nephew who is a few months shy of 2 and I brought it with me when I went to visit them last time. Initially he was very reticent about it as it is a little big for him yet but he really has taken a shining to it, which really makes me feel great.

It was a relatively simple build and turned out better than I imagined although it was more of an art project with all the shaping and fine tuning that was involved than I initially assumed. I am very greatful that I have a spindle sander/edge sander as I would still be plugging away if I hand sanded all the pieces. I made the entire thing out of 2x material with the exception of the dowel handle bar. The finish is a green stain I picked up in the oops paint section of Menard’s for a buck and the mouth is painted. I put a coat of polyacrylic to protect it. Thank you all for taking the time to look and have a wonderful day.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11





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#1 posted 11-27-2014 02:46 PM

That is cool!
My Sweetie is wanting a rocking horse for her grandson for Christmas.
I like this MUCH better.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#2 posted 11-27-2014 03:07 PM

I got the plans for this off of etsy from a company in Canada. The plans were good although as it is shaped freehand and that part is up to you I like how mine turned out better than the pictures in the plans. I am probably biased in thinking that but that is the beauty of all of this hobby as you can make it as you please.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#3 posted 11-27-2014 03:41 PM

Good job Uncle, I’m sure he’ll ride the heck out of it!

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#4 posted 11-27-2014 04:00 PM

Cool idea,of course he likes it, he will grow into it.

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#5 posted 11-27-2014 04:02 PM

Thanks for the compliments. He is already able to climb on it himself and it is a riot watching him laugh and beam with joy as he rocks back and forth.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#6 posted 11-28-2014 01:06 AM

Wisconsin, any chance you could take some snapshots from different angles?
Thanks, Tom

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#7 posted 11-28-2014 07:52 PM

OK Gentile I got one more picture (I am at the mercy of my brother as he lives in a different state) and I will try and add a top down shot when he gets back to me. Let me know if you need anything else. You can see my nephews hand in the second picture.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#8 posted 11-29-2014 12:14 AM

Wisconsin-thanks for the added picture.
I have a better grasp on how to build one. ...

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#9 posted 12-06-2014 03:10 PM

Wisconsin-Reverse engineering this thing is a pain! (but fun).
Your pictures sure help. I also found plans for sale on Etsey.
I didn’t order them. I was worried that they wouldn’t arrive in time.
I made a grid from your picture and am winging it from there…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#10 posted 12-06-2014 03:15 PM

Gentile, the plans came relatively fast and truth be told this thing only took a couple of days to do. If you are worried I want you to be reassured that it may be in your interest ordering the plans. Maybe this is me but I know I wouldn’t have been able to reverse engineer this project from pictures. You may have a different set of gifts than I but I trust you will make the right decision for your own needs. Good luck and I look forward to hearing about the joy the rocker will bring to the ones dearest to your heart.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#11 posted 12-06-2014 10:09 PM

Wisconsin-Here it is so far…
Everything is just stacked up. The big legs are lightly fastened with a couple of deck screws, for now.
I want to be able to disassemble it for more sanding and routing. The neck is long so that I have some material to work with as I figure out its head. My thoughts are that the head is built like a clam shell so that I can drill the jaws to add teeth(?)


As you can see, I’ve been making some changes.
A 2 year old won’t notice, I rekin’
It’s taking time, but have little else to do…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#12 posted 12-07-2014 02:32 AM

Looking good Gentile! I am glad you are coming along nicely. The yes the head is two pieces in which I drilled the holes for the teeth. The head on mine was three layers of 2x material so on the lower half the tongue sticks up and there is a recess in the middle top piece so that the two sections can mate. Looking forward to seeing the out come. Are you doing a T-Rex as well or some other dinosaur? Take care and God bless!

P.S. I added another picture my brother sent me, which may not help but who knows.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#13 posted 12-07-2014 02:36 AM

Sorry, double post.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#14 posted 12-12-2014 07:39 PM

Hi Wisconsin!
Progress so far…
It’s about ready for light sandin, primer, then paint…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#15 posted 12-12-2014 07:52 PM

Awesome, that is pretty good only going off a few pictures. I am sure the recipient will love it as much as my nephew loves his.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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