ballast keel for rocking horse

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Project by Justus posted 04-05-2010 09:09 PM 1693 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A rocking horse’s construction has quite a lot to do with ship construction – you need stability in stormy weather. When my son grew 2 years old, the original construction was not safe enough. He would not topple over, but it always looked quite close to.

Then I bought a block of concrete (actually a garden stone), cut it to size and stuffed it into the bottom of the construction (Picture 2). The strap holding the dino also keeps the concrete in place.

Now with 6 kg of ballast in place, the dino rocks very smooothly (and by no means slower!) and my toddler’s weight is just not enough to get this rocking horse out of equilibrium.

I can highly recommend a ballast keel in any rocking horse (and probably rocking chair) project.

Cheers, Justus

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 09:26 PM

Nice fix. I had the same problem with a rocking horse for my son about 26 years ago1 I put rounded stop blocks on the underside of the front and back tipping points of the the rockers. At three years of age, I put the rocker away! Good work with your solution.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 11:26 PM

great idea … I hadn ‘t thought of that.

I also like the dinosaur

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#3 posted 04-06-2010 02:38 AM

Smart idea. I like the rocking dino.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 10:33 AM

clever idea with that block
and funny dino


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