Laminated rocking horse

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Project by emtwoodworker posted 05-21-2013 03:39 PM 9260 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a rocking horse my father and I just completed. It was a fun project from which we got to use many different techniques which we hadn’t used before and learn a lot. The majority of the shaping was done using an angle grinder and sanding disk but some of the finer details were done using a dremel and gouges. The horse itself is just multi-ply plywood from Home Depot and the base is oak. The plans are from the Rocking Horse Shop and the particular style is the “medium size Rocky.” The hardware and accessories were purchased from the rocking horse shop as well.

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 04:14 PM

Wow, what a beautiful job! You really brought out the beauty of the plywood
with aligning the grain like you did. Congratulations on what will be a cherished heirloom.

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

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 04:23 PM

Now that’s a rockin’ horse! Best ever. Realistic.

What did you use for the mane and tail?

-- M Clark, Georgia

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 04:23 PM

Wow says it. Excellent work.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 04:51 PM

Thanks for sharing this. My mind went wild trying to figures the different ways to shaping the horse.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 07:17 PM

Beautiful, an enamored customer for sure.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 12:20 AM

Very cool, well done.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 12:28 AM

Holy cow! That thing is amazing!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 12:32 AM

Great horse, and I felt good about the one that I made, but yours is much better. Keep it up!

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 01:22 AM

Very nice ROCKY HORSE. An heirloom for sure.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 03:06 AM

Great looking rocking horse. The “grain” from the plywood laminations create a great looking effect.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 05-23-2013 03:36 AM

That will make someone very happy!!!! Beautiful job!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#12 posted 05-24-2013 03:24 PM

Amazing work on creating a horse from plywood. It turned out really stunning and it has great details like the hair and saddle. It will surely make someone really happy and lucky.

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#13 posted 05-30-2013 10:30 AM

What a magnificent job you and your dad have done of the rocking horse…. a family heirloom for generations to come.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#14 posted 06-08-2013 12:01 PM

Really nice! You guys did a super job!

-- Don Kriner

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