Rocking Horse

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Project by Don Tikander posted 12-28-2014 05:02 PM 1352 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a rocking horse I built as a Christmas present for my granddaughter. I bought a plan on line to use. I built it exactly as the instructions indicated. There is a big problem with it. When my granddaughter uses it the darn thing rocks too far forward. So much so that she can easily tip completely over frontwards. It is dangerous!!!

I am racking my brain as to a way to fix this problem. I have thought about screwing old fashioned rubber wedge shaped door stops on the front part of the rocker. To stop the front rocking motion before going too far and going over frontwards.

Has anyone had this problem with a rocking horse that you may have built? I am sooo disappointed, as she was so excited when she first saw it.

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 05:20 PM

Make new rockers for it with either less of an arch or longer rockers or both.

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#2 posted 12-28-2014 06:35 PM

I was going to say that Jim. LOL!

Wider and lower arc? reducing the center of gravity. Make the rockers in miniature to experiment and find a safer arc. I wouldn’t have anticipated this problem. I’ve got a rocker in mind to make if I get there.

Good luck.

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#3 posted 12-28-2014 07:10 PM

I have to agree with Jim & Doc, make rockers with less arch, lower the center of gravity should help, I had same problem when I made one for my Great, project looks great!

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#4 posted 12-28-2014 08:02 PM

Another couple items that might be an issue is that it appears that the seat is sitting forward on the rockers and perhaps the back legs are higher than the front legs.Both of these items would tend to make the rider tend to tilt forward. So if both of these detail are what they appear to be in the photo,they may be a better place to start before making new rockers.

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#5 posted 12-28-2014 11:04 PM

I have made 3. Did not have that problem.

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#6 posted 12-28-2014 11:35 PM

Looks like you did a pretty nice job.

If the plan is the Palomino from Peachtree WW, it looks like your front legs are too far forward on the rockers.

It’s very similar.

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 12-29-2014 04:50 AM

I have made several rocking horses in the last 26 years. (60+ exact number is unknown)

Even the very first one I made I made a detent on the runners to avoid too far of movements.
See —- http:// for a couple of pictures. They look as if they belong there and are just a jar cover drawn around (Deviation from original ;pattern) and put on the rocker ends as they were cut!

A screw on stopper below the rocker could be used now and later removed for appearances.

Hope this helps.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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