|Project by Sandy||posted 09-20-2010 10:20 PM||4801 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
This is a rocking horse which I made out of walnut and maple for my grandson, Ian. Due to the facts that (1) Ian was about to get a new cousin; (2) the front and rear legs, and the rockers all required duplicate parts; and (3) I wanted to be able to accurately lay out the parts on the hardwood so that the grain would be in the correct direction, I decided it would be best to first make accurate mdf patterns. The mdf patterns were arranged on the hardwood, and the hardwood was marked for rough cutting using a Festool Jig Saw. I then used double faced tape to attach the mdf to the rough cut hardwood for pattern routing (which I did on my router table). The individual body parts (head, neck, body, and tail) were assembled using my Festool Domino. The maple inlays (representing the harness) were done using my Festool OF-1400 Router and MFS guides. The Domino was also used to assemble the rockers and the spacers. The rocking horse was sanded using an RO-125 and ETS-125, and then it was finished using Tung oiled. Now that Ian has his new cousin, I’ll be using the mdf patterns to make a stablemate once she’s a few months older. I had never done any pattern routing before, but having done it, I highly recommend it for projects like this where individual parts have to be duplicated, and they’re not susceptible to straight cuts.