New Yankee Workshop Old Sturbridge Village Rocking Horse

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Project by Woodbridge posted 12-23-2014 04:20 AM 1515 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many woodworkers who I have met and admire got their inspiration to start woodworking from books written by Jame Krenov, Nakshima or Maloof. Although I have recently come to appreciate these modern masters, and have now acquired and read their books, I must admit my first woodworking books were Norm Abram’s New Yankee workshop series.

Looking back through these books recently, I’m surprised at how many of my projects have been based on Norm’s books including; numerous shaker bedside stands, a few slant front desks, book cases, the kitchen hutch and drop leaf table .

One project that I have always wanted to build, but never had a reason to do so, was the Old Sturbridge Village Rocking Horse (New Yankee Workshop Episode 201). Earlier this year my cousin’s daughter had a little girl, and with Christmas coming up, I thought this would be an appropriate reason to finally build Norm’s rocking horse.

I had a mixture of rough sawn 4/4 white and red oak given to me and it was just enough (with some resawing and glue-ups) to make up the 14 BF needed for the rocking horse.

Following the plans, it’s a fairly easy build, about 24 leisurely hours of shop time.

The rocking horse is about 3.5 HH (hands high), 36” long, and 18” wide. The total height is about 25 inches. Since it is made from oak it is pretty solid and heavy. It should last and hopefully will be used for many generations to come.

Its finished with a number of coats of wipe on poly.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 07:42 AM


You are talented, make great choices. I love it! I remember the first This Old house with Norm and Bob.

Now that I see this I think I may try it first for a nephew. I was planning a carved rocker but he may be too old by the time I’d get it done. LOL! Or is that started?

Merry cChristmas to you and yours!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 07:43 AM

Just saw the last picture. :<))

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 07:53 AM

Nice one

-- George Coles,

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#4 posted 12-23-2014 12:32 PM

Everyone was speechless when they saw this beautiful piece of art. Thank you

-- CC, Richmond Hill, Ontario

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#5 posted 12-23-2014 01:11 PM

Norm inspired a couple generations of us, I miss his shows, nothing else running seems to fit quite what he would do on TV. Great Horse, and I liked the shout-out to Norm. I hope your New Year is great, you are doing great work, and I hope it continues to grow for you.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 12-23-2014 04:10 PM

What a cute rocker.

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#7 posted 12-23-2014 04:15 PM

This turned out so nicely. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 12-23-2014 04:20 PM

Thanks everyone. Tom episode 201 has been posted on You-Tube. and I can share the plans with you if you want to make one.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 12-23-2014 11:57 PM

Cool looking piece, nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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