Rocking Horse

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 02-02-2016 08:30 PM 923 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small-sized rocking horse I’ve built for a new grandchild. Although she is yet only two months old, I know in a very short time she will be of an age to enjoy riding this thing. This is to my own design after researching several I found online. My wife painted the eyes, mouth and bridle prior to the application of the clear finish, which consists of three coats of Marine varnish.

Rockers, legs, and head are mahogany, seat is walnut and a few other parts are maple. The handgrip and foot rest are of lathe-turned oak. Cabinet plywood provides the structure to hold everything together. The idea is to have the horse appear vaguely palomino. The tail is made of unraveled manila rope and I am still debating whether I should add either rope or leather reins.

The foot rest is adjustable downwards by means of several links of chain so this horse may still be used comfortably as the child’s legs grow longer.

I hope our new little missy will enjoy this when she is big enough!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#1 posted 02-02-2016 08:33 PM

nice rocker, it won’t too long that someone will have to turn it around as it rocks, creeps and approaches the wall

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 08:43 PM

Nice looking rocking horse.

I would not add any reins. Might encourage ‘walking’ the horse instead of riding it.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 09:19 PM

That’s a cute rocking horse.

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#4 posted 02-03-2016 03:11 AM

Ready for a ride, great looking rocker.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 05:13 AM

Sweet lil’ rocker, Erik. Congratulations on the new baby! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 02-03-2016 02:04 PM

you HOPE she will enjoy it? Are you kidding me?? Soon as she’s big enough to start pulling herself up on the furniture, she’ll be all over that thing!

Very cool !

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#7 posted 02-18-2016 02:40 AM

Great team effort !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 02-03-2016 04:02 PM

It’s a very nice rocking horse. Well done.

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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#9 posted 02-03-2016 07:29 PM

looks great

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#10 posted 02-04-2016 01:18 AM

Nice rocking horse for years of fun!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 06-26-2016 10:05 PM

Beautiful ride they will love it.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 08-16-2016 06:56 PM

Way cool and so cute!
Love the back rest keep um on the horsey.

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

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