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Rocking Horse

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Project by clarklacy posted 08-02-2017 01:21 PM 474 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project and post on Lumberjocks!

This is a rocking horse I built. several firsts on this one.

1. using rough lumber
2. CURVES!!! bent laminated rockers.
3. Compound angles…. see “Legs” below
4. Dovetail/tenon joints

Construction:
The whole thing is made out of Hard Maple with Walnut accents. The head and tail are attached to the body with a single large dovetail.

Rockers:
This was my first time bending wood. I spent some time debating lamination vs steam bending. In the end I chose bent lamination. Mostly because it meant I didn’t have to come up with a steaming rig. Also I saw some posts that maple, let alone, kiln dried maple is a bad choice for steam bending. The Rails are made up of 5 pieces, just a hair under .25” thick. The lamination’s came out great, no gaps, no noticeable spring-back. and both pieces match each other perfectly.

Legs:
The compound angles for the legs gave me one hell of a time. My first design was going to have the legs screwed into the body piece, and into a stretcher connected to the rockers. But noooo. that was too easy and I just had to be fancy. So I probably spent a day just thinking about the angles before I realized the legs cant be square, but have to be parallelograms! That fixed some of the issues. I ended up being a bit off, so when I went to mount the rockers I had to scribe, and square up the lap joint.

Finish:
100% Pure Tung oil. first coat 1:2 Oil to mineral spirits. Final coat 2:1. Wet sanded to 800 grit.





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XrayJay

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#1 posted 08-02-2017 04:41 PM

From afar it looks like a simple horse, but get up close you have some impressive looking woodworking in a small package. The wood and finishing are beautiful, but the angles and joinery are amazing! Great job.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 08-02-2017 06:30 PM

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

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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ralbuck

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#3 posted 08-02-2017 08:20 PM



From afar it looks like a simple horse, but get up close you have some impressive looking woodworking in a small package. The wood and finishing are beautiful, but the angles and joinery are amazing! Great job.

- XrayJay


Summed it up very well.

Making rocking horses is a special joy!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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htl

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#4 posted 08-02-2017 11:47 PM

All Of the above!!!!!
So nice!!!

ralbuck says it just right.

Making rocking horses is a special joy!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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