|Project by Don Johnson||posted 05-17-2015 11:11 AM||902 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Having made all the oak furniture that our house can accommodate, I was looking for other things to do when my wife suggested making some toys for the Christmas Fair she organises in our village each year – working on them throughout the year rather than in a rush at the last minute. I made another Santa-down-the-chimney Advent Calendar first ( http://lumberjocks.com/projects/38590 ), then started on this rocking horse.
It is made using very comprehensive plans from toymakingplans.com ( http://www.toymakingplans.com/website/PlanSets/pony-rocker-scandinavia.html ), but I was nudged in their direction by watching an excellent video on YouTube from The Woodfather ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e6V2tlQKc8&list=FLACdgVVUaH2fHCbFkc20sWQ&index=3 ), and by its appealing design which is so ‘friendly’.
Mario Cappellano’s demonstration really helped with construction, particularly his method of aligning the runners, and I watched in many times over. Some time ago, in a local woodyard, I found some white plastic sheet, about 1/4 inch thick that had been used for an advertising sign, from which I had made some sliding doors for a storecupboard. I used leftovers of this plastic to make patterns for each of the horse shapes, then used an edge-trimming router cutter to finish the actual MDF parts which had been roughly cut out with a jigsaw.
Although this version is painted, as I have the patterns, I am thinking of making more – at least one using (laminated) wood boards for the body, but with iron-on veneers for the mane,saddle,etc. Finishing with Danish Oil should be a lot easier than painting.
-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk