Second Horse

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Project by 67flh posted 03-23-2017 12:56 PM 790 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second effort at making a Rocking Horse. The first one was all ¾” soft wood glued up to 1 ½”. Plans were purchased from Toy Making and recd. in PDF format. My second effort was built with full 1 ½” hard maple and some red oak for trim pieces. The finish consists of Varathane Gel Stain, Natural color, min Wax Poly Shades Mission Oak for some of the trim color then topped with Min Wax Clear Satin Polyurethane and a little black paint for the hooves and mane. The finish was rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and recd. a coat of Butchers Bowling Alley Wax. The surface is like glass I liked working with the hard maple. The rocker was constructed with dowels, pocket screws and glue, the legs were doweled and glued. When I cut these pieces out I did not have a band saw or an oscillating drum sander which made the project a lot more work. I have since added those tools to my modest shop. The 4th pic is of my first horse, which was donated to a charity and brought a whopping $65.00
at auction, the second horse goes to my grand daughter.

-- Brad

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 04:14 PM

Beautiful job.
Your grand daughter will love it!

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 11:52 PM

Fantastic! I just finished a horse from the same plans for my sons first birthday. Well done!

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#3 posted 03-24-2017 01:31 AM

Great horse ! I need to make some for my Grandchildren too. I love how this one came out. Good job.

-- AJ

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#4 posted 03-24-2017 02:05 AM

That horse should have brought way more the $65 at auction. Did you forget a zero – $650?

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 02:14 AM

That horse should have brought way more the $65 at auction. Did you forget a zero – $650?

- becikeja

I thought it would bring more but that was it 65 bucks. The joy is in the giving !

-- Brad

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#6 posted 03-24-2017 04:41 PM

Beautiful assembly, some kid will realy enjoy! I like contrasting wood details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 03-25-2017 02:35 PM

you did a great job

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Robert Keeney

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#8 posted 03-26-2017 01:50 PM

$65 yikes!

Someone got a real bargain you might even say they stole it

-- Robert in Tallahassee Florida,

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#9 posted 03-26-2017 09:12 PM

Wow! Brad, this is a beautiful rocking horse and displays a lot of nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 03-26-2017 11:59 PM

Top marks granddad, that horse will be a family heirloom.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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