Rocking Horse from the Family Tradition Plans

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Project by dustprocrastinator posted 940 days ago 2225 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The rocking horse was made using the Family Tradition plans, which are great because full sized templates are provided. I used transfer paper to make templates on 1/4 inch birch plywood. I then took the templates and used turner’s tape to secure them onto my roughly cutout stock and cut to finish on the router table. The reason I did this was just like a previous lumberjocker I did not want to spend that much time sanding, everyone’s favorite!!

Stock used:

Body = Padauk
Inlay = Yellow heart/ Satin wood
Tail and Mane = Wenge
Rockers = Hard Maple
Saddle = Tatajuba, poorman’s yellow heart but with more warmth than yellow heart. I felt that tatajuba would look more like leather than yellow heart.

It was all finished with a wipe on wipe off poly oil mix, except for the tail and mane. I wanted to keep the grain pattern on the wenge, and that is why I used a water based poly.

Thank you all for looking. I hope you all have a great year!

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#1 posted 940 days ago

That’s a real classic rocking horse.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 940 days ago

Thanks a1Jim.

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#3 posted 940 days ago

Way Kewl for sure….real nice looking rocking horse….

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

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#4 posted 940 days ago

Well done. I love how the grain of the wood matches the direction of the “hair” on the horse’s legs. Nice job!

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#5 posted 940 days ago

Nice looking horse, and sure to be a treasure for years to come.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#6 posted 939 days ago

Thanks for the words of encouragement nitewalker41, Celldss, and SteveW.

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#7 posted 36 days ago

I am making the Family Traditions Rocking Horse also. I am well along but am stymied as to how to cut the wedges that set behind the legs. They have to be out of 3/4 stock (pine is ok) but the widest wedges have to be some 9 1/2 inches wide to go across the back of two of the legs. How did you cut the wedges for your horse? The plans are not helpful in this regard. Thanks!

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#8 posted 35 days ago

hello mtnmanlee1

i ended up cutting them on the miter saw. i cut my angle then cut the piece to be an inch thick at its widest part. you could set up a jig for your jointer and do it that way too.

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