I am in the Rocking Horse Club

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Project by ShaneA posted 1003 days ago 1441 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fresh out of the shop. Rocking horse based on the plans available at Rockler. It is made of 6/4 poplar (I looked at the construction grade wood at the big box, but I could not go there), with a walnut seat. Cut up mop for the mane and tail. My daughter seems happy with it, so what more is there? The face was painted by mom, I lack the talent to even attempt that part.

All, in all, I think I underestimated this project. Took longer than I thought, and had some things I was not used to. I usually do not incorporate any curves into my projects, and the compound angles for the legs and feet where they meet the base, took a while to work out.

I was not overly impressed with the plans. The person who wrote them didnt seem like a woodworker per se. So I found some of her instructions strange. Plus the directions were printed on both sides of a large sheet of paper. Which also contained the shapes for the cutouts. That was chincy in my opinion. If you were to cut out the shapes the directions would be lost. So you needed to copy it, which I did not, onto a large sheet of paper if you wanted to trace.

I am just happy the kid likes it, hopefully she will continue to play with it for a while.

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#1 posted 1003 days ago

Great little pony for your Princess : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 1003 days ago

looks very good

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 1003 days ago

Great Lookin Horse

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 1003 days ago

Great looking horse, one of the nicer ones on here. Her smile says it all. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 1003 days ago

I will buid one o this for my grandson

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#6 posted 1002 days ago

It’s a wonderful rocking horse and she seems happy. Way to go, Dad.

-- 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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#7 posted 1002 days ago

Shane, nice horse.
I would agree with some of your comments concerning the pattern. I think that is the best design for a horse that I saw and I looked at several. I made a pattern of masonite and used it to copy on to the wood. I made a second for a colleague at work that wanted a real rocking horse and she was very happy with it. My grand daughter and her sister still enjoy the one that I built, so it is a keeper.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#8 posted 1002 days ago

I guess I did not mean to be down on the plan, I think it was the best for sale design I could find. It just kind of bothered me that it was printed on both sides, and you really could not trace the cutouts from the original without destroying the plan. They should have been traceable, on multiple pages. Mini rant, but I like the look and design, so it is good in those areas.

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#9 posted 1000 days ago

real nice horse, I bet your daughter will pass it on thru the years….did yourself proud

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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