Rocking Horse (from Delta Plan)

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Project by W. Paul posted 02-01-2009 12:32 PM 19530 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this rocking horse for my daughters a year or two ago. It’s pine, with walnut stain followed by a red oak stain and about six coats of satin wiping poly. I picked up a plan for this rocking horse a couple years ago at Lowes, when they were liquidating their stock of Delta Plans. I think I paid a dollar for the plan. Not a bad deal, for so much fun for the little ones.

I think next time, instead of making the grain of the body go at right angle to the head piece, I will try to make the grain of the neck and body line up better. The way it is now, the glue line is just way too obvious. There are a number of other things I would do differently, but I’ll leave that to others to discover for themselves!

So far, everything I have made has been from somebody else’s plan. I envy all you Lumberjocks out there who can come up with your own plans and they turn out just beautiful! SWMBO has lined up the next four or five projects for me based on things she has seen in my magazines. But after that, I think I will try to make something up for myself. It won’t be perfect, but I’ll be it will be fun!

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#1 posted 02-01-2009 02:49 PM

I really like it. Your kids will remember it when they are grown.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 02-01-2009 06:58 PM

Very nice looking rocking horse. Looks like it would be a fun build. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 02-01-2009 08:01 PM



Wasn’t it fun to build We don’t have grandkids so all the neighbors and friends with little ones has gotten one of these.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 02-01-2009 08:25 PM

What a cute horse Paul.I bet she loved it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#5 posted 02-02-2009 12:02 AM

Nice horse. I looked for a long time until I found that pattern that I liked. If it isn’t identical it is very close to the one that I made for my granddaughter. I also had the problem with the glue line joining the head the to body. Not to mention the problem of just pulling them together. I hadn’t saved all of my scraps to use as blocks for the clamping. So to cover the glueline and gap in my case, I added some trim as part of a harness for the horse. So like everything else hide what you don’t want to show.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#6 posted 03-10-2009 06:03 AM

Beautiful Horse. I would like to make 1 for my grandson. Where can i get the plans? Thanks Nick

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#7 posted 03-10-2009 11:32 AM

The plans are available at Grizzly for $6.95 (US). Be prepared to spend plenty of time gluing yarn in holes for the mane! I used a syringe to inject the glue (unthinned) and used a ground off nail head the push the yarn home. I tried several methods of dipping the yard and inserting it, but that just doesn’t work very well. I could never get enough glue to stay where I needed it.

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#8 posted 03-10-2009 04:49 PM

Thanks Paul for the quick response. Any other info you think helpful don’t hesitate.

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#9 posted 03-10-2009 04:54 PM

They are chargeing for plans ? How dare them.

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#10 posted 09-20-2009 06:56 AM

Paul, like the look of this rocking horse (from delta Plan) how can I get a copy of the plans, would like to build one for my grand son

Cheers Bazza (New Zealand)

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#11 posted 09-20-2009 09:39 AM

Nice horse Paul. I have made a few and made this tutorial of how I do the Mane and Tails.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#12 posted 09-20-2009 11:27 AM

Dan, I like your approach to the tail and mane. I whipped the tail using jute. I cut my finger pulling it tight, but it’s held up extremely well. But your approach to the mane would have paid me huge dividends!. I did the mane by drilling hundreds of tiny holes. I then used syringe to put glue in each hole, and I used a nail in a small wood block to push in a piece of doubled over yarn. I sat through more than one baseball game on the TV while I was doing that!

Bazza, I don’t know if Grizzly delivers to New Zealand, but a link to buy this plan is:

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#13 posted 04-08-2010 03:14 AM

I just got into wood working, and I’m making this horse for my first project.

Did you trace every wedge? Or is there a better method for making the wedges?

Also, any tips for any of the steps would help! :)

Good job!

-- Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.

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#14 posted 04-08-2010 04:14 AM

If you’re referring to the wedges to angle the legs outward, I didn’t follow the plan. First, I traced the outside perimeter of the leg on a single rectangular piece of pine that was as thick as the thickest part of the wedge. On the edge of the piece, I drew a line showing the angle or “slope” of the wedge. Next, I set up a tall fence on the band saw. I set the piece of pine on the bandsaw table so I could see the line I had drawn on the edge. Then, I used scrap wood to shim the piece so the line I drew lined up with the band saw blade. (I used double sided tape to attach the scrap wood.) I then pushed the piece through the band saw, standing up tall, to make a wedge. Once I had the angled piece, I used the band saw to cut the piece to rough size based on the trace of the leg I made in the first step. After that, I used double sided tape to tape the piece to the leg, and then I used a tall pattern bit and router table to trim the wedge to be an exact match to the leg.

Not everybody will have a shop that will make these cuts. I have a riser block on my band saw, so I was able to make this cut. If you don’t have a tall band saw, I would use a similar method. I still draw the line on the edge, but instead of shimming and cutting, I would just plane/sand down to the line to get the correct angle.

It’s a little involved, but it seemed more accurate than gluing a bunch of individual wedges together. I was able to line up the grain so that you cannot tell that the wedges are a different piece of wood than the leg. It seems this could be difficult to do using the method described in the plan.


-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#15 posted 04-08-2010 06:05 PM

Yea, I wish I had a taller band saw. It’s getting a little frustrating and I’m wasting a bit of wood. Thanks for the tip, I’ll try a few different approaches.

-- Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.

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