|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 02-02-2016 08:30 PM||704 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
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!
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