Rocking Horse

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Project by fatandy2003 posted 648 days ago 1780 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first rocking horse, made for my daughter’s first birthday. I used plans purchased at Woodcraft.

The body is made from 2 planks of ash (2” x 7.5” x 168”). The saddle and “stirrup straps” are mahogany with birds eye maple inlay. The dowels are all walnut and the hooves are mesquite.

From the time my wife and I decided that is what we wanted to give our daughter, I had a little less than 2 months to go from 2 planks of wood to the final project. It was a tight timeline, but I finished the final coat of lacquer the day before her birthday. It turned out better than either of us expected, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. I learned more lessons than I care to admit each stage of this project.

The most challenging part by far was the tapered legs because the amount of wood I needed to take off was more than my table saw or chop saw could handle. I was browsing LJ one day and came across a blog by mackcr (, this was the ticket! I made up a similar jig and quickly took off all the wood I needed (Thanks mackcr!).

I finished the horse with 3 coats of BLO, 2 coats of 1lb cut shellac to seal, about 7 thinned coats of high gloss lacquer (sanding with 600 between each coat), and finished with one coat of satin lacquer. (I could have saved myself some time by not sanding between coats, but that is one of the many lessons I learned)

All in all, I think I had as much fun making this rocking horse as my daughter will have playing with it!

-- -- Andy, Naples Italy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#1 posted 648 days ago

Cute & sturdy

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 647 days ago

... and this will be the sweetest gift she will receive from Dad! Of quality built.


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#3 posted 647 days ago

Awesome and cute Rocking Horse

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 647 days ago

great job , something that lights up you child’s eyes and now a family heirloom.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 647 days ago

Great Rocky Horse. An heirloom for sure.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 549 days ago

Excellent work!

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

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