Figured Maple Rocking Horse

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Project by Ryan Nicholson posted 12-12-2017 02:24 AM 555 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,
I made this rocking horse for a good friend’s daughter. I did a search for rocking horse patterns on the web and found what I think is a very well designed pattern which I got the from the Woodcraft website. Here’s the link.

The plans called for the horse to be a Palomino, but I wanted to use three different kinds of figured maple I had in the shop for this project.

The body is a very pale maple with figured streaks running throughout, the mane and tail are made out of Ambrosia maple and the runners and platform are made of tiger maple. The saddle and eyes were made of black walnut.

I built the horse staying strictly to the plans, except for the platform. The plans called for three flat boards spanning the runners, but I wanted a solid curved board which I think looks way better design wise. If I build another, I will find a better way to attach the horse to the runners, not too happy with the joinery for them.

It was a fun little project and the horse got rave reviews from my friend and his family, so all in all, I’m happy!

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#1 posted 12-12-2017 12:06 PM

Well done

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#2 posted 12-12-2017 01:49 PM

Nice rocking horse! She should be thrilled receiving this super looking gift! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 12-12-2017 01:59 PM

Well done! Along with the horse’s stance, the figured maple gives it quite an antique look. Be proud!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 12-12-2017 02:28 PM

Beautiful! Nicely done!

-- Steve at WeekendWoodworking

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#5 posted 12-12-2017 02:46 PM

What a beautiful rocking horse. It’s a lovely design, nicely done and has a lot of nice character.

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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#6 posted 12-12-2017 07:57 PM

Wow! This is stunning!

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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#7 posted 12-12-2017 09:45 PM

Very nice, cna’t buy anything comparable to home made.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 12-13-2017 05:16 PM

Great job, the smiles this will receive for yrs to come will be priceless. I just watched a show called American Craftsman about a lady who makes rocking horses. She became really famous and has made them royalty and dignitaries. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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