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Project by 32Plymouth posted 03-27-2017 07:35 PM 734 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week, I delivered this rocking horse to its new owner on his first birthday. This is the sixth one of these I’ve built, based on a Norm Abrams design inspired by the original (shown) in the Old Sturbridge Museum in Massachusetts. This is the first one I’ve done in ambrosia maple. Previous ones have been in ash, oak, maple, and cherry.

The original horse was estimated to have been made between 1850 and 1880. I was drawn to the simple design. All the kids I’ve given these to have ridden the heck out of them! All joints are screwed and glued, so I’ve had no failures yet.

-- Bob, Tennessee --

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 07:53 PM

Nice!! I built the same one for my daughter when she turned 2. She’s now 26. My grandsons also used it. It’s back in my possession now. I’ve been meaning to post it but haven’t gotten to it yet. They do hold up well. I’ve had to do some touch-ups and some new poly.

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 08:47 PM

Very nice job I’m sure it will get years of use. ScottM – funny, my grandson is now 26 and I built his at about 1 year of age as well and it’s in my possession. However, he’s getting married soon so I plan to give it back for the last time.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 10:09 PM

The maple looks great on this horse!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 10:12 PM

Nice rocker, For years I’ve wanted to build this rocker and had an opportunity to do so about a year ago.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 03-28-2017 01:00 AM

Very nice, the kiddies will never wear that one out.

-- Brad

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#6 posted 03-28-2017 01:10 AM

Very neat design and the wood selection makes it really stand out.

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#7 posted 03-28-2017 12:16 PM

Very neat design and the wood selection makes it really stand out.

- BB1

I agree with the wood selection. Gives it some character.

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#8 posted 03-28-2017 02:52 PM

looks great

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#9 posted 03-28-2017 03:59 PM

This is an outstanding rocking horse and displays a lot of nice craftsmanship.

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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#10 posted 03-28-2017 05:39 PM

Can you resist to that charm? This wood looks very nice and interesting.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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