Rocking Horse for grandson

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Project by brolga posted 05-17-2012 02:48 PM 5076 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago after seeing some of the terrific horses posted by some of our talented members, I decided to build a horse for my grandson. After making several design modifications of the commerical pattern that uses mop yarn, I finished my project. Its made of cherry, walnut, hard maple and white oak for the foot rest and handles. I clear coated with a CAB-acrylic lacquer so it would not yellow. I had a great time making it and seeing his face made it even more special…

-- Alabama Cowboy

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 01:00 AM

Thats a great rocking horse. And your wood choices made it a Palomino! Ya done good here but that boy needs a hat and boots.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 03:08 AM

Simply a beautiful heirloom.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#4 posted 05-19-2012 01:48 PM

Beautiful horse and adorable boy!

-- ~Julie~

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 05:25 PM

what a great horse :) in time i hope to make one myself!

-- Spofeo/Kristian

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 11:13 PM

Hi, I love this design. Would you be able to send me your tutuorial or where you got it from. I have a niece due soon and it would be amazing to make her a rocking horse. Please let me know as soon as you can! You did a great job!

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 11:19 PM

Beautiful rocking horse I hope to make one for my grandson,if it comes out anything like yours I’ll have a winner.

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#8 posted 07-06-2012 02:49 AM

Thanks for all the great comments. I looked around at all the plans and decided to modify the Classic Pony Rocker from Rockler. I decided to eliminate the yarn because I read it was prone to get dirty. The same with the tail. I basically scetched out a head that looked more like a horse to me and a tail . The head and tail are joined with dowels and secured with screws and plugs. I used the pattern for the saddle to sketch out a saddle that looked more like a western saddle than the flat seat the plans called for. Having grown up in Oklahoma and owning horses I had to have a horse that looked like a horse. I hope this helps. It was a fun project.

-- Alabama Cowboy

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