|Project by Mark Blomster||posted 01-30-2011 10:38 PM||2207 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
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: