Rocking Motorcycle

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Project by Dale J Struhar Sr posted 11-14-2015 11:42 PM 1575 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I’m sure all you LJ’s that make projects for your kids/grandkids once you do for one you have to do for all. That’s where I’m at now. A rocking horse for Santino, a rocking airplane for Luca and now a rocking motorcycle for Blake. Though I might be the only LJ that makes these for his grandkids before they are one year old. (LOL) I found the plans for this one on online however it was pretty basic such as all the components were just flat pieces of wood, not good enough for me. Here is my rendition of the project. Nine different woods; Oak, Purple Heart, Bubinga, Pudauk, Bocote, Wenge, Marble Wood, cocobolo and Bird Eye Maple. The first coat of Tung oil in these pics, only four more coats to go. No more grandkids on the way yet but open for suggestions for the next rocker. Thanks for looking.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#1 posted 11-14-2015 11:47 PM

Very beautiful and great piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-15-2015 12:03 AM

Fantastic work Dale! The detail is super nice with all the different woods.
There are so many possibilities, Maybe a Helicopter or a boat or even a Model T… :)

Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 11-15-2015 02:18 AM

Dang, this one is nice!

I have seen plenty of these motorcycle rockers but your attention to detail makes it the best one, in my humble opinion.
The use of all the different woods is amazing and really sets it apart!

I made a rocking horse a while back that I am pretty proud of, so I know how much work went into this beauty.
Well done!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#4 posted 11-15-2015 02:43 AM

Freackin’ Awesome!! That is very nice.

-- Brian Noel

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#5 posted 11-15-2015 04:11 AM

This thing is way cool. Wish I had one when I was a kid.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#6 posted 11-15-2015 07:39 AM

Awesome job

-- Vince

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#7 posted 11-15-2015 09:07 AM

Wow Dale, you really did a fantastic job !..... No doubt the grandson will love it…. Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 11-15-2015 11:41 AM

Gobsmacked, good job!

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#9 posted 11-15-2015 01:18 PM

A real piece of art Dale. Lots of nice details and wood species. I suggest you make one of those hover cars from Star Wars for the next grandchild or one of the rebel fighters.

Your rocking horse brought back a memory of the one I had, a much simpler design. I was 3 years old and my mother called me, probably for lunch or something, but I just kept on rocking. My grandfather was visiting and after having been called many times he finally came and got me and I got a couple of good raps on the behind. It was worth it though as I was really enjoying the ride.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 11-15-2015 01:59 PM

beautiful design

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#11 posted 11-15-2015 07:50 PM

Out standing work!!!
Way cool!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#12 posted 11-15-2015 08:26 PM

Wow Dale, there is a lot of “grand dad” love gone into this wonderful piece, your attention to detail is top class, very well done I’m sure this will end up a heirloom piece, :)

well done on DT3

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 11-16-2015 02:01 AM

I would make one…..If We had grandsons.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 11-16-2015 03:13 PM

Real beauty….. How fun is that, plus the smile that comes with it

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 11-16-2015 04:28 PM

Dale, you have really done a fine job on this. I love the design and the wonderful craftsmanship of it.

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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