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Project by CDavy posted 1249 days ago 10821 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rocking horse I did for my niece. It is a modified design of a rocking horse my grandpa did for my dad. It is all solid 1×8 Poplar. I made MDF templates of all the pieces before I started as way to insure uniformity and make it easier if I ever build more. The head/tail center section is 1×8 pieces jointed and glued with dowels. Then 2 pieces were attached to build up the support for the seat. I Stained the entire horse with 2 coats of Golden Oak stain that was left over from some door projects. Then I used masking tape to mark off the details (bridal, mane, hooves, tail etc) and used a red mahogany gel stain to reduce the “bleeding” under the masking tape. It took about 4 applications of gel satin to get the tint I wanted. The fine facial details were done with acrylic paints and a small brush. Then I added some metal coat buttons for accents. Finally the whole thing received 6 sprayed coats of Gloss Polycrylic. The original was painted white and black but I preferred the warm look of the stain/poly finish.

-- “Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”~Albert Einstein





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Don Johnson

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#1 posted 1249 days ago

Nice work – I love the face!
When comparing a ‘stylised’ version like this with a fully-carved ‘accurate’ design, I wonder at what age would a child appreciate the difference – if ever !
I’m sure your niece will love your creation – especially for its friendly expression.
Perhaps the ‘real’ models appeal more to the adults that buy them for their children ?
Either way, they are wonderful objects that are treasured for years by succeeding generations.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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standfir

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#2 posted 1248 days ago

Excellent work! I agree with you, the warmth of the stained wood is the better look. Love the vintage happy style.

-- If you build it, they will come

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beavercut

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#3 posted 1248 days ago

Very good. I’ve done a few of those and to get one to come out as nicely as your did takes lots of time and patience. Hadn’t thought of using gell stain to avoid bleeding. Good idea. May try that instead of paint on the next one.

-- Beavercut

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ND2ELK

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#4 posted 1248 days ago

Good looking rocking horse. Very nicely done. When this design first came out it was called a Sally horse and was mostly painted yellow. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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slimjim145

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#5 posted 1245 days ago

thats just beautiful. I just started getting into woodworking and some of these projects are amazing. Are there plans out there for this thing?

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CDavy

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#6 posted 1245 days ago

Thanks for all the great comments everyone!

Don ~ I considered a more realistic design-but this one seemed to have more personality and be more kid friendly.

ND2ELK ~ Nice to know a little history on this design! I have not seen many other contemporary plans like this one.

SlimJim~ I drew my own plans for this based on the rocking horse my dad still has from when he was little. There are a couple plans out there that are very similar. I know U-bild has one that you can get at Woodcraft.com. It is called Rocking Horse, Plan no. 56. I hope that helps.

-- “Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”~Albert Einstein

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CDavy

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#7 posted 942 days ago

Wrong Project

-- “Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”~Albert Einstein

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JamesAZ

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#8 posted 931 days ago

Well done!!! Thank You…
James AZ

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#9 posted 929 days ago

Love the rocking horse…
Any drawing spec’s or images of the templates w/dimension…
Thanks… James AZ

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 928 days ago

That’s a cute rocking horse. Way to go, Dad.

helluvawreck

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-- 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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CDavy

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#11 posted 928 days ago

This is the original plan I drew up and made MDF templates so I could batch parts out next time I make more. The grid is 36” wide x 26” high (2”x2” grid). I went and had it printed out actual size at kinkos on the big black and white plotter (Only a couple bucks) I ended up changing some things from this plan when I built. One was how the legs anchored to the Rockers and another was leaving out the tail accents and the sides of the saddle-because of that the seat changed too and I do not have a drawing of the seat-did that free hand on a folded sheet of paper so that both sides were the same. I can send you a printable quality PDF file of he plan if you want-just let me know your email.

-- “Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”~Albert Einstein

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JamesAZ

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#12 posted 928 days ago

I need 5 post to send you a message… Pdf file would be great…

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kuki666

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#13 posted 423 days ago

Woow, this is realy nice looking rocking horse. I’m looking for the plan for one and this is my favourite. Can I ask for PDF plan too? This one looks way better than the nr.56 on Woodcraft.com.

Regards Robert from Slovenia

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tuffy

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#14 posted 5 days ago

Can you send me a pdf of the rocking horse pdf?

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kuki666

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#15 posted 5 days ago

I have magnified plan in pdf, I guess. It must be somewhere on my laptop. It’s poor quality, But It’s good to transfer from paper to the wood. Send me your Email address to the PM if your like it.

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