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Celeste's Rocking Horse

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Project by Francois Vigneron posted 01-31-2012 01:34 AM 1350 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this rocking horse for my niece Celeste (first photo) but it ended up being quite popular with the whole family… The back-rest can be moved easily to accommodate any rider from toddler to grownup.

Type of wood :
- rocking sides : ash
- seat : a thick piece of poplar, beveled on the underside to provide a rigid support to the sides.
- head, back-rest, handles and undercarriage dowels : oak

Other significant materials :
- the movable back-rest is secured with brass dowels.
- a coper plate engraved to Celeste’s name.

Finish : FDA approved mineral oil (baby proof).

This project was completed in Altadena, 08/2009.
The design was inspired by a photo found here : http://www.childwoodproducts.com/index.html.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA





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#1 posted 01-31-2012 01:40 AM

Very cool looks like the little one really like it

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 02:14 AM

very nice work Francois, The scroll work ads a lot.

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 02:15 AM

That is beautiful,Francois !!!

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 02:26 AM

Great work the pics say it all! BIG HIT!!!!!

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

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 05:30 PM

nice,i agree with the scroll work,never seen that done before,great idea

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#6 posted 03-04-2012 04:03 AM

Hi , great looking Rocking Horse. My wife want you to build more stuff so she can see more pictures of your “cute babys”. LOL Take care and Happy woodworking

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 07:35 AM

Beutiful Horse. This rocking horse is better at wooden horse projects. Are you have the scrool pattern of this project? I want made it to my grandson.

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#8 posted 02-27-2013 07:45 AM

Wow, that is a work of art! Great job!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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Francois Vigneron

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#9 posted 02-27-2013 12:19 PM

Hi Edward60, I can’t find my original pattern anymore. But you can print the 2nd picture above and then scale it up with a copy machine ; you can then use that to transfer the design on a piece of wood. I made a pattern from MDF first and then I used a palm router to transfer the pattern to the final wood. I roughed the cuts with a jigsaw first. For the seat, I started with a thick block (about 1” 1/2) and cut a long dovetail under each side. This allows the sides to rest on two strong surfaces (top & side) making the lower crossbars not essential. The lower crossbars are dowels drilled in place at an angle with the drill press. One comment about the horse’s head : the final design is a little nose heavy so I would suggest either hollowing the underside of the head or making the back-rest thicker to match the weights. It should not be an exact match (the kid will seat in the back) but close so forward and backward rocking speeds will be close. Otherwise, it’s scary for the kid. For better safety you can elongate the tips so the force required to tip the horse exceeds the force than the child can develop. You can also play on that to adjust the balance. This model is safe but Celeste did find it scary at first. Enjoy your own build and post the result !

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#10 posted 02-27-2013 12:41 PM

That’s a wonderful rocking horse. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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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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