Rocking Horse for Christmas

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Project by mot posted 12-29-2007 02:22 AM 7236 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been documenting this build in my blog, and there are more construction photos with descriptions on my picasaweb album for this project. This horse is from the Family Tradition Woodworking Plans that I purchased from Lee Valley. There are a host of free plans on the web but none of them ever really sang to me until I saw this one. It’s been a big hit with the little cowboy that it was built for, Mot Jr. He’s found that if he rocks it hard enough, he can move it around the room. This delights him and terrifies his mother, both of which bring me joy!

Cheers, and have a safe and happy New Year!


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 12-29-2007 02:43 AM

Gidde-up Lil Mot-teroo. Yee-haw!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 12-29-2007 03:41 AM

You did an outstanding job on this, Tom. Beautiful woodwork.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 12-29-2007 03:53 AM

Great work Tom.

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

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#4 posted 12-29-2007 04:26 AM

Nice work Tom , That seat looks like a lot of work itself but i can see it getting used a lot. Great job!!!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#5 posted 12-29-2007 04:28 AM

That came out great!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 12-29-2007 04:50 AM

Great project Tom. I enjoyed the progress pics as well. The finish came out great. We need some action shots.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 12-29-2007 04:59 AM

The proof is always in the pudding.
That is one fine pudding M’man!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 12-29-2007 05:10 AM

Thanks for the comments, folks! John, the seat did take more effort than most any other part on the project. As with all things, it was the first time I did many of the things on this rocker. First time for inlays, first time for the router trammel, first time for the seat bandsawing and shaping, first time on anything that rocks. There were some things I had to take into consideration that probably made this entire build about 3 times longer than it could have been. However, unlike many of my builds, I was sorry to see this one leave the shop. I really enjoyed every step of it. It gets a lot of use and I’m especially glad that it’s built so robust as there has been up to three kids on it, and there’s been some adult/toddler doubling with the weight exceeding 250lbs without a creak or groan from the horse. I creaked and groaned when I saw it happen, but the horse didn’t.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 12-29-2007 05:56 AM

great work TOM … you have a lucky young’n to get such a sweet gift.

Your horse will become a heirloom for his family, in twenty years or so !

Expertly constructed !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 12-29-2007 06:26 AM

Let’er buck!! Good one Tom. It came out very nice. I still have “ol’ Red” which my grandpa made for me for Christmas, 1949. Assume it will be an heirloom.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 12-29-2007 06:42 AM

Tom a fantastic Project. The young man will ride many a miles on him.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 12-29-2007 09:09 AM


Your project and your comments about your wifes concerns sure brings a smile to my face. You did an excellent job building that horse, and I’m certain it is worthy of being a family heirloom.

I’ll bet even Thomas Angle likes the saddle! LOL And if he likes it, it’s gotta be right!



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 12-29-2007 11:04 AM

Some little cowboy is going to be very happy.

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#14 posted 12-29-2007 12:58 PM

Looks awesome and strong…as you commented…this is one to be past down for many generations. Excellent work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#15 posted 12-29-2007 01:42 PM

I can see your face as the adult-toddler took a turn! yikes.

Awesome Job. I can feel your pride :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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