Rocking Lion

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Project by Mark posted 05-22-2011 09:56 PM 3440 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little project I did a few years ago – it doesn’t require a lot of precision, but the kids really love it.

I got hold of a photo from somewhere, and I simply started deconstructing it. In fact, I made a few of these – so I included some photos of mid-construction as well. The first one was almost completely dowel and carpenter glue assembled (shown in the thumbnail). On the second try, I found that I actually preferred the look of button top (mushroom) wood plugs, and it also made the construction a little easier as well – since I simply countersunk screws to fortify the body and plugged-over each thereafter. (You can see the countersunk screws and 2 wood plugs I’ve laid on top of the structure if you look at the two construction shots carefully.)

It’s the little stuff that the kids really like, though: the mop hair, the hemp rope tail – and definitely a very carefully drawn face. For the face, I simply used a fine-tipped permanent marker before staining/varnishing. And it’s important to practice first – as you only get one shot at this!

-- Mark, Jersey Shore,

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 11:41 PM

What a great idea! Thanks for the post.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 12:40 AM

Thats great!
I love it also.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 01:34 AM

Cute, cute, cute. Love the mop head.

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 05:33 AM

As a Leo, I really like this project. The old Rocking Horse get’s old after a while, so it’s nice to have a change.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 05-23-2011 10:10 AM

My parents have a book with this exact model’s plans in it, along with many other kids related projects. It’s a german book if I remember well. I’ll check it this summer and give you peeps the exact title.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 05-23-2011 03:19 PM


-- christopheralan

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#7 posted 05-23-2011 10:29 PM

Thanks, everyone—glad you like this! Can make you the favorite Aunt or Uncle for a while… :-)

-- Mark, Jersey Shore,

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