|Project by ralbuck||posted 11-24-2012 06:22 PM||801 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
The latest mini-project. This one is 4 inches long and 4-3/4 inches tall.
Finding the right thickness of wood for them is the hardest part. I usually use about a a 5/16th inch slab. I suually end up splitting 1 by stock. The plywood ones just don’t look right to me.
The cause of the mini’s is my oldest granddaughter. She did not want a “BIG” rocking horse; wanted a little one. I looked for pattern for about 3 years with no success. Finally one afternoon, I sat down and just drew it.
Anyone wanting this pattern yell. I can scan all the templates, that I have made, on one sheet and just use it as an attachment. ( I have templates for 2 sizes; the other is about 7” long) I have a jig that I made for assembly also. Anyone else would think it is junk and just throw it away!
I use a palm sander when they are being assembled to take off sharp edges and sometimes change a shape slightly.
My DeWalt 1/4 sheet sander has been converted to a vacuumn port (I wore the bag out) and I use a small shop vac with it. I sometimes clamp it in the “workmate” and run it upside down as a fixed unit, moving the pieces as I need to.
The finish on this one is ——- lightly torched! I carefully kiss the edges with a propane torch—of course being very careful not to burn the shop down!
They seem to be well liked, but, are not as easy as they look to make.
-- just rjR