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Project by ralbuck posted 04-25-2017 12:23 AM 826 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made different from the 60+ others that I have made. This is about 2-1/2 inches taller than the normal ones that I have done for 30 years. It also has vertical instead of canted legs. The angles were going to be an appearance problem as they would have ended up very close to the rockers and looked all wrong.

Used generic 1 by material and modified the design for the longer legs. That involved a slightly longer body, tiny bit narrower head and moving the cross bars to farther apart positions to keep the proportions looking decent at all.

As it is being made to the customers specifications. The G & W were a very custom addition.

The handle is fitted and then screwed in through the front and top of the head with long sheet-rock screws. All screws that would be normally visible are sunk deeper and then plugged. The cross bar are under braced with 1 by pieces that are also screwed and glued. This horse will easily support 150+ pounds with this design.

As a former farm boy I had to see if it was saddle broke too.

The finish is a brushed on, furniture grade polyurethane with the detail painting being acrylic craft paints. The urethane has one coat under and one over the details.

I will happily answer any questions.

The entire cutting was done on an 18inch scrollsaw.

YES; I have a messy shop!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 12:39 AM

I’m impressed, all done on a scroll saw. Don’t here of that much. Looks great. I had an opportunity to build one for my grandson but before I knew it he had two already bought by others.
Ride um cowboy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 03:26 AM

That’s really beautiful!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 03:50 AM

Very nice project. I never had a chance to ride such toy as a kid – I ddin’t have it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 04-25-2017 05:51 AM

Beautiful work Ralph….Makes me want to jump on and go for a ride!!!!

Nice detail in it too!!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 04-25-2017 06:43 AM

Great project with some nice detail, your not on your own with an untidy workshop, my is like a tip. LOL

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#6 posted 04-25-2017 10:24 AM

Now that is a Dandy Steed, Looks Great, job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 04-25-2017 10:57 AM

They are certainly fun to build, great job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 04-25-2017 02:00 PM

Thats a great and well done project, interesting that you have made so many, there are allot of happy kids out there I bet. First class for sure. Might add a rope tail.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 04-25-2017 03:00 PM

This is a real nice rocking horse and the kids will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 04-25-2017 11:14 PM

Beautifully designed and executed. What a classic toy.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 05-04-2017 11:12 AM

Cute ‘lil rocker, RJ!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 05-09-2017 11:13 PM

Nice job Ralbuck.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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