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Project by Mark Blomster posted 1268 days ago 1842 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 2nd rocking horse I’ve made using black walnut that I acquired from my employer, General Mills, in Minneapolis, MN. They were throwing out 200+ “U.S. Patent Award” plaques that measure 8”x10” and 22 of these triangular frames that displayed brass name plates of the inventors. I gladly rescued them and have made the 2 rocking horses, many mirrors and picture frames. I think they’d be great for cutting boards, too.

This rocking horse was a birthday gift for a 1 year old girl named Quinn. I added “training wheel” handle extenders to help with her reach, but appears like she won’t need them for very much longer. The project was fun and challenging. The legs are angled at 10 degrees from the body. The tail is a replacement mop head and the hair is mop strands inserted into 3/8” birch plugs. Attaching the legs first allowed me to position the body perfectly until I could get 1 screw inserted.

The handle, rockers, saddle and foot rest are red oak. I finished it with semi-gloss polyurethane. Additional photos of the 1st horse can be seen at:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30378

Mark Blomster
Minneapolis, MN.





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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 1268 days ago

Wow awesome job on the rocking horse, using wood that would of been disposed of. Nice Job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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kalapolo

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#2 posted 1268 days ago

Fantastic repurposing of the wood! And an outstanding final product!

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#3 posted 1268 days ago

Nice save!!!

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 1268 days ago

Great job and thank you for all the “in process” pictures.

I have to have one of these done by mid-June as a birthday gift for a 2 year old.

I note that the shape of the front legs and back legs are the same. I don’t think I have seen that before. That’s a good idea. Did you have a pattern for the shape of the legs, body and head?

I’m curious – - Did you make the footrest removable and replaceable so that it can be lengthen as the child gets bigger?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 1268 days ago

Lou, I’d love to read a blog on the making of one of these. Don’t know if you’d consider writing one, or not?

This is a great reuse of that walnut. Looks very sturdy. And yes, if all the legs are the same, that’s a great idea.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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engineerkid

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#6 posted 1268 days ago

Wow, that looks great. I love the Mop head as a tail, great idea !

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Mark Blomster

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#7 posted 1268 days ago

Thanks, everyone!

Rich, I used an ice cream pail, coffee cans, etc…to sketch out the body and legs. It wasn’t anything too scientific! I just kept doodling until it looked good. For the rockers, I used an adjustable curve template that I bought through Lee Valley many years ago. Yes, the foot rest is removable and adjustable. I’ve got it about as low as it can go. The little 1 year old just had her legs swaying below her. My niece liked to rest her feet on top of the front legs!

Jonathan, I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. It was a pretty straightforward project. The photos from this horse and the previous one http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30378 would help a lot. The body is 3” thick. The legs are 1 1/2” thick. The rockers are also 1 1/2” (two 3/4” boards glued together). It was a big help using a temporary 3” wide block while attaching the “hooves” to the slats. For the tail, I cut off a mop handle about 2” from the head and epoxied it into the hole. I used 10 degree wedge shaped pieces to make the legs flare out (2 per leg). Then, had to cut the feet with a 10 degree bevel to make them sit flat. Other than glueing up the body and legs, it was pretty much headache free work!

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Jonathan

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#8 posted 1267 days ago

Thanks for all the extra build information. How did you do the hair plugs for the mane?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Mark Blomster

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#9 posted 1267 days ago

Jonathan, the hair plugs are just store bought 3/8” birch plugs that I drilled a 3/16” hole through the center. Basically, they look like Cheerios! Thread the mop strand through the hole (wetting it and twisting it helps.) Tie a knot on the tapered end of the plug and trim off the excess. Then, tie 3 or 4 more strands close to the outer base of the plug. That gives it more body and a fuller appearance. There were about 60 holes to fill, so it ends up being quite a bit of hair. Tap the plugs into the holes with a little glue and you’re done. You’ll probably need to trim quite a bit of hair when you’re done, to make it look nice. This one looked like Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) before I cut it!

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Jonathan

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#10 posted 1267 days ago

Thanks for the detailed description on the hair plugs. Sounds funny saying that about a rocking horse, but that’s not nearly as funny as your Dee Snider analogy!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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