Rocking Biplane

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Project by fatandy2003 posted 05-06-2015 09:20 PM 1655 views 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this rocking biplane for my son’s 2nd birthday. I used plans for the rockers (same as on my daughter’s rocking horse), but the rest is my (loose) interpretation of a WWI SPAD biplan. The second seat is more about providing a place for his siblings to play along than it is about functionality.

The body is cherry with mahogany accents. The rockers are poplar with a dark walnut danish oil finish. The wheels are cherry inside and walnut for the “tires”. The aviation logos are inlay using 1/32” veneer. I did my best to upholster the seats with genuine leather, but hey, leather upholstery is not my forte… The propeller spins on a bushing/lag bolt setup.

Thanks for looking!

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#1 posted 05-06-2015 09:31 PM

That is totally cool Andy! Perfect fit for the little guy.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#2 posted 05-06-2015 09:48 PM

Absolutely amazing

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#3 posted 05-06-2015 11:24 PM

Wonderful plane!

I like the “own-modified plans” best for almost anything!

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#4 posted 05-06-2015 11:45 PM

Great looking rocking plane—I’ll bet your son has hours of fun on it!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 05-07-2015 01:32 AM

That is awesome! I can’t imagine a cooler toy. Fantastic job.

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#6 posted 05-07-2015 01:38 AM

Classy plane!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 05-07-2015 02:37 AM

Looks like the guy in the front drives this one.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 05-07-2015 03:19 AM

Awesome plane. That is one that could be in the family for generations.

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#9 posted 05-07-2015 05:28 AM

Supreme craftmanship!! I would have loved to fly one like that when I was smaller.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#10 posted 05-07-2015 11:24 AM

That is great, Andy! He will be getting lots of ‘airtime’ on that. Thanks for sharing.
I don’t think he’ll critique the upholstery job.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 05-07-2015 11:49 AM

Now that is cool! Beautiful work. How much does that weigh? Looks heavy.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#12 posted 05-07-2015 12:34 PM

That’s some really great work! What a great toy for a 2 year old (or for me)!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#13 posted 05-07-2015 01:12 PM

Looks great, Andy. Your son looks like he takes his piloting seriously.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#14 posted 05-07-2015 02:29 PM

Looks good. I’m glad you put a picture of your son in there. We get an idea of the actual size. Really good interpretation.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#15 posted 05-07-2015 02:56 PM

This is so nicely done. 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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