|Project by David||posted 01-03-2010 12:53 AM||1539 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
The Grand Kids all get a rocking horse for their 2nd Christmas and if you look closely, you will see they are not ”new” and have all been ridden hard and put away wet. Trying to get them all rounded up so I could take a photo: well you’d think I was horse theivin’ even if I promised to return them. I finally convinced them and here they are. I now have a new one to build for next Christmas.
I thought you’d enjoy seeing them, they are fairly easy and they are really stout and strong. The only repair any of them have required, is a broken handle on one. If you look closely, you will see variations on each; I added the center cross member so little feet could be planted on it and toes not caught under the rockers. I put pointy ears one the one that has the finish I did with a propane tourch but on the subsequent other two, thought they might be a hazard so left them off. I like the eyes on that one so think the next one will have them (that one has glass eyes from Lee Valley). The redish one is redwood and the other two are pine.
They are not the works of art that real carved horses are; those are outstanding creations and fetch a price commensurate with the work entailed creating them.
If there is any interest, I can post a pdf of the plans if someone knows of a site that will host it for free like Picasa does photos. Here is the Picassa address of these 3 photos http://picasaweb.google.com/Islandwoodworker/RockingHorses##